CYCLING: GOOD THINGS AND BAD THINGS ABOUT CYCLING
INPIT : utilizing search Engine
Summary : Students give their opinion on cycling
Level : Lower intermediate
Time : 40 minutes on the internet
Materials provided: photo, worksheet 1, worksheet 2 (Cut up), worksheet 3
Introduction : In this lesson students think about and discuss the advantages and
disadvantages of cycling and consider what else they could do personally to
reduce their carbon emissions.
|lead-in to topic of
|show the picture of a the bicycle sign. Say the
bicycle belongs to a man or woman (you choose)
called (say a name e.g. Bob)
|create a persona
of a cyclist
|Give learners worksheet 1. Tell them they have a few minutes to create a persona based around this cyclist, using the headings to help them.|
|why cycling is a
good thing or a bad rhing
|Use worksheet 2, cut up, and Ss separate into
good things about cycling and bad things
|Look at the bad things from the previous stage and find solutions|
|come to an agreement on top
|Discuss their solutions and agree on best 5. Then present ideas to class. Feed in language of opinion and suggestion.|
|link to more areas where learners
can be ‘eco-friendly’
|Ask learners if they could cycle to work/school,
why? Why not? etc. Hand out Worksheet 3 for
them to complete alone, then to interview a partner Finish by finding out from whole class how many of these Ss would be able to do… – are any of them impossible etc.
Worksheet 1: Creating a persona
Job free time
Appearance Where he/she cycles
Why he/she cycles Problems he/she faces when cycling
Worksheet 2: Cut up one set for each group of students. They divide them into
two groups: ‘good things about cycling’ and ‘bad things about cycling.
|If you ride a bicycle you don’t use petrol
or other fossil fuels, so you are not
emitting carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere and contributing to climate
change. Ride on!
|Cycling in the rain is not many people’s
idea of a good time. You get wet, dirty,
and cold. Not a good way to arrive
|We all know cycling is great exercise.
As one doctor told me, in his experience
the longest living people are ballroom
dancers and cyclists.
|A bicycle is easy to steal. Even with the
best lock, you might go back to find your
bike only to find its gone
|It is hard to know what makes cycling so
enjoyable. Maybe the combination of
fresh air, the smooth motion and the
exercise. Anyway, you soon realise why
people get obsessed!
|Sadly many people don’t cycle because
it’s dangerous. Outside Amsterdam or
Copenhagen, road systems often aren’t
designed with cyclists in mind. Car
drivers go too fast, or aren’t properly
trained how to share the roads with
|Look how cars have taken over our
cities. The poisonous fumes, the
aggressive speed of these machines
endangering our lives, the traffic jams;
wouldn’t our cities be better places if we
replaced the cars with bicycles?
|Not all cities have cycling facilities like
cycle paths and secure bicycle parking.
This can make life very difficult for
|On a bicycle you don’t get stuck in
traffic jams. Much of the time a bicycle
is a much quicker way to cross a city
than almost all other forms of transport.
|Cyclists are exposed to the pollution from
all the cars, buses and lorries on the
road, and this can take the pleasure out
Worksheet 3: What could you do to reduce your emissions?
Ask questions around the class.
Would you be able to ….?
|cycle to work instead of driving|
|take public transport instead of driving|
|go on holiday by train instead of flying|
|grow your own vegetables
|insulate your home
|reduce the amount of meat you eat|
|plant a tree
|buy fewer new things
|have the air conditioning on less|
|recycle your rubbish
|put solar panels on your roof
|turn your heating down 2
Search a text on another sport and describe good things and bad things about it.
Work in pairs and compare your work.