We’d give this lorry driver thumbs up too!
If you only watch one video this week, make it this one! It shows a young cyclist giving a lorry driver thumbs up for passing her safely:
So often we see or share videos of awful driving around cyclists, so this textbook pass from an exceptionally patient & careful HGV driver for D&W Agri coming into Jedburgh deserves sharing, as does Rhoda's response! They're not on Twitter but we've thanked the haulier directly. pic.twitter.com/t46zQvfFoU
— Family ByCycle (@FamilyByCycle) June 3, 2018
Here you see 4 year old cyclist, Rhoda, giving a thumbs up to a lorry driver who passed her and her mum very considerately. This video made us happy for two reasons:
As the tweet caption promotes, this lorry driver gave them a very wide berth, which is not only safer, it’s far more pleasant for the cyclists. An excellent example of how to overtake that should be celebrated and shared to educate all road users. Hopefully, this will become the norm. But for now, let’s celebrate and share to encourage this to become normal and not something to blog about!
Young Cyclist Awareness (and Ability)
But what we love even more than the textbook overtake, is Rhoda herself. It’s not often you see a 4 year old so aware of her surroundings. You’ll see in the video, she hears the lorry approaches and changes her stance to get a better look at what is approaching. Then she recognises what a careful overtake the lorry driver does and gives him a thumbs up. We can only assume (fairly accurately according to her family’s blog, Family ByCycle), that Rhoda is a keen and frequent cyclist. To have that level of competence, awareness and ability at that age is wonderful to see! She has truly been set up with skills for life and that makes us very very happy.
And if you want to see more of Rhoda and her sister Ruth give some cycling advice, take 1 minute 33 to watch this:
Pass on a love of Cycling
Do you want to ensure your child becomes a competent and keen cyclist? First-off, make sure you get the right bike for them. We have some handy tips over on this blog piece about sizing, weight, safety and more important factors. And once they’ve got a bike they love, don’t forget accessories and clothes can make great rewards and gifts throughout the year.
Practice makes perfect! Noone learned to be a competent cyclist in a day. Find local routes to ride or buy a map. Or why not head along to a cycling event? There are family friendly events with junior cycling competitions as well as lots of other fun throughout the country. Plus, enjoy traffic-free routes across UK cities with Let’s Ride.