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Cycling

NOTE: Rule 9.12.4 is now for implementation by Counties by 31 August 2024.  During this time, where the revised processes have not yet been implemented locally, reference should be made to Rule 9.7, 9.26, 9.27, 9.28, 9.29, 9.32 and 9.71 October 2022 version of POR.

Off-road cycling in Environments one and two (as defined in rules 9.12.4.7 and 9.12.4.8) delivered as Scout-led activity falls within the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme, see rule 9.7.

Safety  

9.12.4.1 A cycle safety helmet must be worn by anyone taking part in an organised Scout cycling activity, unless:

  1. a Sikh wearing a Turban chooses not to wear a helmet. This does not apply to a Sikh wearing a Top Knot
  2. a medical or additional need causes challenges with wearing a conventional cycle safety helmet, see Activity Helmets (FS120430) for guidance

9.12.4.2 There must be a responsible person not taking part in the activity. They must:

  1. know the details of the journey
  2. be informed when the activity is completed
  3. be informed if the participants have returned safely

9.12.4.3 Emergency cards must be carried by the party. Any emergency cards produced locally must contain:

  1. what to do in an emergency
  2. party name
  3. base location and contact point if available
  4. party leader name
  5. InTouch system details

9.12.4.4 Cycling activity in cycle environment zero must follow the guidance in Cycling (FS120422).    

9.12.4.5 Cycling activity in any cycle environment one or two must be under the direct control of, or supervised by, a person holding the appropriate permit (see Rule 9.7).  

Environment definitions

9.12.4.6 Cycle environment zero

  1. cycle environment zero must not meet any of the criteria for cycle environment one or two.
  2. cycle environment zero must be no more than 2.5km, or 30 minutes walking distance, from access for an emergency vehicle, and one of:   
    • a flat space constructed of a solid surface such as concrete or flat grassed areas
    • a private or public road
    • a marked cycle path or cycle route
    • a bridleway
    • a family designated cycle route
  3. all cycling manoeuvres within cycle environment zero must be possible to perform:
    • at a low speed, such as walking speed
    • while remaining seated
    • with both wheels of the bicycle on the ground

9.12.4.7 Cycle environment one  

  1. cycle environment one must not meet any of the criteria for cycle environment two.
  2. cycle environment one must be no more than 2.5km or 30 minutes walking distance from access for an emergency vehicle, and one of:
    • a blue cycle run at trail centres
    • a route defined as rollable, with drop offs no higher than hub height
    • a route with an obvious line choice

9.12.4.8 Cycle environment two

  1. cycle environment two meets any of the following criteria:  
    • red and black cycle runs at trail centres
    • drop offs greater than hub height
    • there is not always an obvious line choice
    • is over 2.5km or 30 minutes walking distance from access for an emergency vehicle

9.12.4.9 See Cycling (FS120422) for help to define the environment.