Schools to teach children how to ride bikes

Children could soon be taught how to ride bicycles at school. The government measure is included in the new National Strategy for Active Mobility which was unveiled last Thursday and aims to multiply “by 15” the number of people who ride bicycles in Portugal throughout the next 10 years.

The idea, explains Público newspaper, is that primary schoolchildren will begin learning how to ride a bike in a “protected environment” while 5th to 12th grade students will be taught in public areas.

It adds that the government is thinking of “extending school insurance to cover accidents involving students and bicycles”. Children with disabilities are also included in the mobility project.

By 2030, the government wants “every Portuguese citizen to understand the importance of cycling not only good for their health but also for the environment,” says Secretary of State of Mobility, José Mendes.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com