Agrement de Velo France

Agrement de Velo

Well, I’ve done it again.

Iona and Joe’s school teacher asked me: “Nicole, would you take a test so that you can accompany the older children on a two-day school cycling trip?”

“Yes, of course”, I replied.

Ahhhh… Cycling for TWO WHOLE days… I don’t think my legs can pedal for that long. But the more immediate problem is that I have to take a cycling test. I am looking not only at today’s Highway Code questions but those questions are in French.

Does anyone fully understand Priorité à Droite?

Agrément de Vélo

Passing the Agrément to accompany children on a cycle ride is no easy feat.

I arrived at the local college in Ploermel sporting my fluorescent vest and my new cyclist hat!

Soon, twenty or so other parents arrived from surrounding towns and villages.

First, we were given a lecture on the laws relating to cyclists on the road, the ratio of adults to children and recommendations as to what should occur before and during every cycle ride.

The instructor then explained the role of adults at crossroads, junctions, roundabouts, and traffic lights. In France, if there is a group of cyclists, responsible adults have the right to stop the traffic at crossroads, junctions, and roundabouts. It all gets rather complicated. When approaching one of these hazards, the Responsible adult at the front yells to the responsible adult at the back of the line, and this adult has to belt up to the front (overtaking all the children in the process) to stop the traffic before taking his/her position at the rear again.

Questions were asked to ensure we knew exactly what positions we should take at every hazard.

Then we took the practical test, a 10km cycle ride around Ploermel town centre involving the maximum amount of hazards. Everyone had to be tested at both the front and the rear positions.

Whoopie doo, I passed!

Editor’s Note:

In France, the “Agrément de Parents Accompagnateurs Pour Une Sortie Scolaire à Vélo sur route” refers to an approval or authorization given to parent volunteers who wish to accompany school children on a cycling outing or field trip on public roads. This approval is part of the safety measures implemented by educational institutions to ensure the well-being and security of students during such activities.

The process for obtaining this approval typically involves several steps, including:

1. **Training**: Parents may be required to undergo specific training or orientation sessions. These sessions often cover safety protocols, emergency procedures, and effective ways to manage and lead a group of children on bicycles in a public space.

2. **Assessment**: In some cases, there might be an assessment or evaluation to ensure that the parent volunteers are competent in handling the responsibilities that come with accompanying a group of children on a cycling trip. This could include knowledge of traffic rules, first aid, and the ability to perform basic bicycle maintenance.

3. **Background Check**: Schools may conduct background checks on parent volunteers to ensure they are suitable for working with children.

4. **Approval by the School or Educational Authority**: The final approval is usually given by the school or relevant educational authority, confirming that the parent volunteer meets all the requirements and is authorized to accompany the students on the cycling outing.

This approval process is designed to enhance the safety of school-related cycling activities, ensuring that all adult participants are adequately prepared and trustworthy to guide and protect the students during the trip. The specific requirements and procedures can vary depending on the school district or local education authority’s policies.

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