Danish Cycling Games gain popularity in South America

| November 20, 2015

Fostering a new generation of young cyclists through Cycling Games is an important step towards getting more people to use the bicycle as their preferred means of transportation. The Danish concept, Cycling Games, has gained popularity in Colombia and the aim is to spread it further across South America.

 “Cycling Games is the most perfect way of developing the cycle culture in a society. Start with the children and begin early. These children are playing games they already know; only now they are doing it while biking. It is not educational, it is just play,” says Lotte Bech from the consulting company Urban Cycle Planning and member of Cycling Embassy of Denmark.

 

What are these “Cycling Games”?

Cycling Games is a concept developed by the Danish Cyclists’ Federation in collaboration with specialists who works with children’s development. What are these cycling games, one would ask. Cycling Games are well-known children’s games like ‘follow the leader’, which have been transformed to work on bikes.

During the games, the child learns to keep their balance, estimate distance and speed, trains their sense of space and direction, and practices all sorts of maneuvers (start, stop, turn, etc.) on the bike.  Because they focus on having fun, the games make children forget that they are trying to learn how to bike – and then they learn faster! For example, every Friday the square in front of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s office gets packed with kids from the neighboring kindergarten. The children are playing “Cycling Games”.Cycling games Colombia

One of the main reasons why we have a strong cycling culture in Denmark is that lots of children are taught to bike at an early age. It is a life’s milestone, a white-knuckle introduction to mobile independence. The freedom connected with the ability to freely move around is undeniably an unforgettable experience for the children.

Next stop in South America

The desire to spread the games further has intensified after implementing the cycling games in Bogota and Medellin in Colombia. The next stop for the Cycling Games in South America is to present it at World Bike Forum in Santiago de Chile in 2016. Hopefully, the games will continue to spread even further and inspire children to have fun on the bicycle all over South America. The events in Colombia were sponsored by the Danish company Novo Nordisk and the Embassy of Denmark in Colombia.

Read moreCycling Games in Copenhagen

Read more about the cycling games in Spanish, English or Portuguese. Follow the link:  http://www.cycling-embassy.dk/2015/01/05/cycling-games-now-available-in-spanish/

 

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