Large swathes of the population lack basic bike maintenance skills, claims research

40% adults would struggle to fix a bicycle tyre puncture

In a survey of 4,500 adults, 41 per cent admited a lack of basic bike maintenance skills such as puncture repair or adjusting brakes.

The survey, run for Halfords, also found that 15 per cent have little cycle safety knowledge. Echoing previous reports, the survey found a good proportion – 33 per cent – believed cycling safety should be covered in schools, with over 80 per cent arguing it should be added to the National Curriculum.

A third of parents (33%) claimed their children’s schools do not offer Bikeability.

Halfords community and CSR manager Emma Thomas said: “Our research shows there is a real knowledge gap when it comes to cycling safety and maintenance. Halfords has helped almost 45,000 children learn the basics over the past year and through in school, school holiday and community workshops we’re helping as many children as possible stay safe on their bikes, but there are still too many cyclists without proper knowledge of cycling safety.”

Halfords colleagues taught 12,000 children from 455 stores about bike maintenance and safety at free Gear Up! workshops held in June, and 2,000 Cubs attended in-store bike workshops as part of their cyclists activity badge. In addition more than 30,000 children have taken part in Halfords free kids bike clubs, with 10,000 attending last Easter holidays – double the number on the previous year.

Thomas added: "We’re so proud that, since the Halfords workshops began in June, we’ve taught 12,000 school children about bike maintenance and safety, a key part of kids becoming confident on their bikes. Our research shows 82% of parents want cycling safety added to the National Curriculum – and the fact that thousands of children have benefited from the Gear Up! bike workshops shows how important cycling education is.”

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