Agrement de Velo France

Agrement de Velo

Well, I’ve done it again.

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

“Yes, of course”, I reply.

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. TODAY’s Highway Code questions 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 the adults at crossroads, junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights. In France, if there is a group of cyclists, the 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 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!

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