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Bicycle School for elderly people

France /2011-

Aquitaine(France)

Bicycle School for elderly people

The association Fées du Sport (Sport Fairies) has launched a school offering basic bicycle training and safety instruction for women and elderly citizens.

Originally created to promote women bicyclers, the association has observed that many elderly people also often need encouragement before they start riding with confidence. Despite this hesitation, bicycling can be a good resource for seniors because it increases their activity and mobility; riding a bicycle in a town is an effortless means of transport (particularly in flat regions) and is quite safe (towns in Lot-et-Garonne have bicycle paths).

For these reasons, Fées du Sport has developed an initiative aimed at the elderly population. The Bicycle School (L’école-vélo) explains both theoretical and practical safety rules, focussing on security, balance and urban circulation for the elderly.

The association anticipates a very productive, intergenerational exchange among the younger members of the organisation and the elderly citizens who take advantage of the bike school. Knowledge transmission in this context is reversed: the younger generations pass on their knowledge and confidence to elderly people.

 
Promoter: Fées du Sport

The association Fées du Sport (Sport Fairies), based in Lot-et-Garonne, in the south-west of France, supports, promotes and develops physical activity for two populations marginalised in sports: women and the elderly. The association helps them to acquire independence through cycling. Fées du Sport has signed the commitment to the European Road Safety Charter.

 
Website: http://www.fees-du-sport.com/a-bicyclette-lecole-velo-pour-adultes
 
Location: Lot-et-Garonne
 
Contact: Muriel Boulmier: feesdusport@yahoo.fr