This gave rise to the idea of setting up a kind of "bicycle club" in the afternoons as part of the school's all-day programme. After a delay due to the pandemic, our colleague started again last week and showed the students in the first of three workshops what makes a bicycle roadworthy and what repairs they can do themselves: e.g. change the inner tube, adjust the gears or brakes, maintain the chain.
An alarming picture came to light: "The brakes were not in order on many of the bicycles, and most of the chains were rusty and not lubricated. A flat tyre is the least of it. If you can pull the brake lever all the way to the handlebars without the brake engaging, that's definitely not OK!" concludes Frank Bader. "With our safety program Kurasafe in mind, I can't understand it when some parents seem not to care that their children get to school safely. Safety always comes first, on the way to school as well as during work!"
On a positive note, our colleague observed that at least many pupils use bikes to get to school, and "walk-ins" also came by and asked him about various cycling issues. "My special thanks go to the KEG, who kindly agreed to finance various materials for the workshop!"