Encouraging Cyclism in School Children

Together with Furesø Municipality and other partners we have developed a course to increase the percentage of cyclists among school children. The method of teaching makes the bike relevant as an interdisciplinary teaching object in subjects such as mathematics, science & technology, art or history, while promoting the children's desire to cycle.
Furesø Municipality in collaboration with Bicycle Innovation Lab, Aalborg University's Department of Learning & Philosophy and Cykelstalden.dk have received support from the Danish Road Directorate to launch a new learning and innovation project for its local schools. Entitled "Cycling through play and learning - a learning and innovation project in school," the project aims to encourage children and young people to cycle to and from school and hobbies by making cycling a curricular theme in schools.

Together we have developed a concept for students around 12 years that takes three weeks. During these weeks the bicycle will be used as a theme for interdisciplinary work in the subjects of History, Danish, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Home Economics, Design and Sports. The key words in the process are cooperation and innovation. The teaching is both theoretical and practical and the overall vision is to create the future of cyclists by giving students a personal ownership of the bike.

The first two weeks the bike is involved in almost all subjects and students also learn to maintain their own bicycles. In the third week the students are divided into three workshops.

Invention Workshop

In one course students build their own bike but they need to think outside the box: The bike must not look like a regular bike and they must use materials from used bikes, prams, skateboards, skis and the like.

Cycling and Diet Workshop
Another workshop is about cycling and diet in which students must develop a healthy eating plan for children of their own age. Then they cook a meal and prepare a presentation in which they explain their schoolmates why it is a good idea to eat healthy.

Bicycle and Excercise Workshop

The last workshop is about cycling and exercise in which students must explore the possibilities for using the bike, develop an exercise program for children of their own age and they must prepare a presentation to convince their peers about why it is a good idea to exercise.

The vision is active cyclists
The project is a concrete and realistic proposal for how we can develop our teaching with learning that promotes students' technical interest and incentive to innovate. We can retain students as active cyclists and those students who find it difficult to engage in normal education, are attracted by the combination of academic and practical work where the practical work is the motivating force.

Running the course at your school

Du kan finde alle undervisningsmaterialer til download på denne side.

Din skole kan låne værktøjskasser med specialværktøj, cykelværktøj til eleverne og kopier af undervisningsmaterialet. 

Ved lån vil der blive opkrævet et administrationsbeløb samt omkostninger til transport af materialerne. 

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Example of inventive bicycle made ​​with skis and skateboard. Model by Hans Jørgen Boye Pedersen, Cykelstalden.dk


Contact us if you have questions about the project.

Heine Bø, leder Cykelbiblioteket

Lene W. Hartmann, klimaprojektleder Furesø Kommune

Torben U. Rosenørn, lektor. Institut for Læring & Filosofi, Aalborg Universitet Esbjerg tur@learning.aau.dk

Hans Jørgen Boye Pedersen, Cykelstalden.dk hans@cykelstalden.dk
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