Remember your first bike? Those first faltering moments after the stabilisers came off? A lifetime of cycling starts here.
The cycling bug bites early. Getting that first bike - be it racer, tourer, mountain bike, Chopper or BMX - is as much a rite of passage as the first day at school or swimming without armbands. Cycling means a chance to travel, to explore, and spend time away from mum and dad. These films evoke all the joy of a childhood on two wheels: the exploits and escapades, the stunts and tricks. But youthful exuberance has its risks, and film can be a powerful tool in making cycling safer. Armed with a cycling proficiency certificate, a well-tuned bike and the lessons of a legion of public information films, the youngsters of yesteryear could ride with confidence - always remembering to keep an eye out for that dastardly villain, the bike thief...
Boy and Bicycle
Drama196528 mins Location: Hartlepool
Ridley Scott's first film features his younger brother, the late Tony Scott, as a schoolboy playing truant for the day to meander around Hartlepool on his bicycle, lost in his own thoughts.
Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders
Public Information Filler19503 mins
The car-free, Kodachrome streets of 1950s London offer an idyllic environment for acting out the 'wrongs' of cycling safety.
Mike Gets the Message
Amateur film19666 mins Location: Aberdeen
Mischievous Mike's dangerous bike antics on the granite streets of Old Aberdeen prompt a chain reaction involving police and a cycling proficiency test for teenage schoolboys.
Amateur film19474 minsSilent Location: Barnet
Careless cyclists beware! This award-winning amateur film lays out the perils and pitfalls of the road for young riders.
Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son
"Dad... I want a bike!” Fun animated campaign aimed at 50s parents and their over-eager offspring.
Road Signs and Signals
Instructional film/TV programme1947 minsSilent Location: Leek
Cycling safety, 40s style, in a charming and unexpectedly exhilarating film shot in and around Leek, Staffordshire.