English Culture Videos

"Cycling"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

What are the two main points Randall explains in the video about cycling?

There are a couple of things you have to consider: number one, the right equipment, and number two, being cautious as you cycle.

A key point Randall mentions is that you should ____.

Make sure you know how to use them [your equipment] before you go out on the road. You don't want to try to experiment the first time when you're out there with a flat.

As for safety lights, riders should _____.

So, in terms of equipment, you want to have a bike of course, you want to have a proper helmet, uh lights on the front and back of the bike . . .

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What are the health benefits of cycling versus other types of exercise activity including running and swimming? Find at least two online articles on the subject and analyze the information. Then, ask yourself the following questions: How often do you ride a bike school, work, or pleasure? Do you wear a helmet when you ride? Why or why not? Discuss your ideas with a partner.

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall. Cycling is becoming very popular I think in many parts of the world, including where I live, and there are a couple of things you have to consider: number one, the right equipment, and number two, being cautious as you cycle.

So, in terms of equipment, you want to have a bike of course, you want to have a proper helmet, uh lights on the front and back of the bike, uh tool kit, and also, you might want to carry a portable pump and a CO2 cartridge, but make sure you know how to use them before you go out on the road. You don't want to try to experiment the first time when you're out there with a flat.

And the other thing is, is that you want to be cautious. In other words, know your abilities. You want to make sure that you drive carefully, or in other words, cycle carefully, make sure that you as you have proper gear that you are riding in the right direction, and don't go too fast. Make sure you ride within your limits.