Elmbridge Eagles looking for new members in 2014

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A bike club set up in the borough in late 2013 is seeking new members to help spread cycling.

The Elmbridge Eagles Bike Club, which launched in October, aims to introduce young people to different areas of cycling including mountain biking, road cycling and BMX.

After impressing youngsters and parents alike, the club will offer an extra 14 sessions to current and new members starting on Saturday, January 11.

Councillor Jan Fuller, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, says: “The young people who have joined the Elmbridge Eagles Bike Club in October have had great fun practising their cycling skills with professionals.

“I am delighted the sessions are so popular and it is pleasure to make them available again to young budding champions and children who want to share some cycling fun with their friends at Brooklands Community Park.”

The club is open to young people aged eight to 16-years-old with participants split into two age-based groups to allow sessions to be tailored to their needs and levels.

Membership to Elmbridge Eagles is free, with the course costing £42 for 14 one-and-a-half-hour sessions and it also includes membership to British Cycling.

Children should provide their own bike and will also require a cycle helmet as sessions take place on tarmac.

Elmbridge Eagles sessions are held every Saturday at Brooklands Community Park, Weybridge, on the tarmac which is closed to traffic, with eight to 12-year-olds riding from 9am to 10.30am and 13 to 16-year-olds from 10.30am to 12pm.

To book a place, call 01372 474634 or for more information, visit elmbridge.gov.uk/sport.

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2:02am Fri 3 Jan 14

MikeVandeman says...

Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 400+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb_dangerous
.htm.

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho
st.com/mtbfaq.htm .
Introducing children to mountain biking is CRIMINAL. Mountain biking, besides being expensive and very environmentally destructive, is extremely dangerous. Recently a 12-year-old girl DIED during her very first mountain biking lesson! Serious accidents and even deaths are commonplace. Truth be told, mountain bikers want to introduce kids to mountain biking because (1) they want more people to help them lobby to open our precious natural areas to mountain biking and (2) children are too naive to understand and object to this activity. For 400+ examples of serious accidents and deaths caused by mountain biking, see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb_dangerous .htm. Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? For more information: http://mjvande.nfsho st.com/mtbfaq.htm . MikeVandeman

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