The Cycling Mosquito bicycle playground in Rudersdal Municipality is a colourful and educational outdoor space for children where cycling games, storytelling and imagination are united – a unique frame contributing to the youngest ones’ joy of cycling.
A well-known character creates the framework
Egon the Cycling Mosquito is a bright little mosquito who has been a character in children’s stories and plays since 1967. Now, after 50 years the cycling mosquito has also been given his very own permanent bicycle playground in Rudersdal Municipality for children aged 2 to 9 years. The bicycle playground has come into being in close co-operation with Flemming Quist Moeller, the artist who created Egon the Cycling Mosquito.
Bicycle training through play and experiences
Rudersdal Municipality has bicycling for both for school children and pre-school children on its agenda. At Egon the Cycling Mosquitos bicycle playground the children improve their cycling skills through play in a colourful fairytale universe represented by Egon the Cycling Mosquito and his friends. For instance the children can cycle through the nostrils of a sleeping man from one of the books, and from a bright orange circus wagon where Egon’s friend Mini the Beetle is looking out, the teachers can lend bicycles to the children.
The Cycling Mosquito’s bicycle playground is more than just a physical frame for practising to cycle. Here fantastic stories and drawings are united with bicycle motor coordination and cycling games – a combination that ensures bicycle joy from an early age, contributes to children’s cycling skills and offers new ways of being together. The goal has been to create a bicycle playground that encourages play, bicycle practise and storytelling through the senses – and at the same time strengthens traffic safety amongst the youngest. Rudersdal Municipality believes that a playful approach to bicycle practise adds to a more fun, safer bicycle culture rich in experiences.
Supplementary teaching tools
A string of supplementary teaching tools are introduced together with the bicycle playground. One of the tools is ’The Biking Mosquito bicycle passport’ which is an educational dialogue tool for the adult and the child where they can learn about the cycling mosquito universe, talk about bicycle skills and be inspired to visit the bicycle playground.
Also, an app has been developed that supports the teacher’s work both before, during and after the visit at the bicycle playground by integrating elements from the bicycle playground with organised cycling games and stories – both those of Flemming Quist Møller and the children’s own stories.
As part of the project pre-school teachers and teachers have completed a competence course in Danish Cycling Federation’s cycling games so they can supplement the visit at the bicycle playground with organised, well-defined cycling games.
Apart from a unique cooperation with the man behind Egon the Cycling Mosquito, Flemming Quist Møller, the project is solidly anchored widely across different municipal sectors and supports the many different political and professional goals in Rudersdal Municipality.
All over the bicycle playground there are educational boards with stories, pictures of characters from the books and encouragement to play different cycling games.