What is Wielerschool Japan?
Wielerschool Japan is a full-fledged course of bicycling started in 2003 as a sports bike education for children, based on the teaching text of the Bicycle Federation in Belgian Flanders Region, and is a volunteer group run by non-profit bicycle lovers.
Since 2007, we have changed to an educational program to raise the humanity of children using bicycles, Currently, more than 100 supporters across the country provide guidance to children in various places.
Philosophy / slogan
Have fun to ride a bicycle for as many children as possible
Based on the idea of utilizing the bicycle as a means to live a happy and productive life, we transmit that sociality and necessary human development will grow by riding a bicycle. We spread our activities nationwide so that the children learn to use the bicycle safely and comfortably.
We cultivate the ability that children can think and judge by themselves, and nurture their desire to ride a bicycle. We utilize bicycles as an effective means of comprehensive education. This is the social role (mission) of the bicycle course.
Chairman : Takaaki Nakajima
16-1 kobashinomoto izumi miyama nantan
What children learn through cycling
As an optimum means for children to use bicycles safely and enjoyable in society, it is important that children learn the techniques of bicycles, to use the body well and to have a mindset corresponding to various situations, and also to nurture sociality more than anything. In order to improve their communication skills, we actively practice various programs incorporating the following items.
- Fun & Fan of Cycling
- Understanding the bicycle
- Improvement of technique
- Spontaneous action
State of the specific program
The biggest secret to master the bicycle is riding it as much as possible. To do so, bicycle schools should be enjoyable for the children. We actively investigate and adopt while learning the methods such as bicycle education that has been carried out in countries like Belgium and Denmark, and provide the children with optimum teaching methods that fit the Japanese environment.
Since 2007, mainly volunteer groups has held Wielerschools actively at schools, events and communities throughout Japan, and many children have participated.
Wielerschools offer various situations in which children can participate positively in traffic society. And also we emphasize exchange of different ages and for children of all ages to learn independence and consideration naturally while helping each other in this school.
Bicycle school is a road map from “Child to enjoy bicycling” to becoming “adult to enriching society”
In order to promote the idea that “children with sociality should become adults with sociality”, we think it is important that all those people engaged in bicycle education enhance the program, share their information with each other and actively maintain the environment for continuous activities