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    The boom in motor cycle riding in Australia is having repercussions among the younger generation.?

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    The boom in motor cycle riding in Australia is having repercussions among the younger generation. Youngsters form eight to 14 are setting up their own "mini-cycle" clubs, with help from police and parents.

    The Sutherland mini-cycle club, on the outskirts of Sydney, has almost 1,000 members, but not all own bikes....some share with friends, others are given bikes owned by the club.

    All club members have to be correctly outfitted in helmets, goggles and leather shots Together with the cost of the bike, it takes about $300, Australian (approximately GBP 140) to equip a young rider.

    The riders are taught how to control their machines at different speeds in varying conditions. The rules are strict -- excessive speed or dangerous driving brings a rebuke, and possible expulsion from the club. All the club's activities are supervised by the police, and it's hoped this early training will equip the young motor cyclists for the day when they confront the city traffic.

    SYNOPSIS: The boom in motor cycle racing in Australia is having repercussions among the younger generation. Youngsters from 8 to 14 are setting up their own mini cycle clubs, with help from police and parents.

    This club, on the outskirts of Sydney, has almost 1,000 members. Not all of them own the special small bikes - some share with friends, others are given bikes owned by the club.

    All members of the club have to be correctly outfitted - and that means helmets, which are compulsory for all motorcycle riders, goggles, and leather boots to protect their feet in an accident. Altogether, it can cost about three hundred dollars to equip a young rider. Members of the club are taught how to control their machines at different speeds in varying conditions. The rules are strict - excessive speed or dangerous driving brings a rebuke and possible expulsion from the club. All activities are supervised by the police and enthusiastic parents.

    The club has just bought another 100 across of land. some sections haven't been cleared yet, and the more inexperienced riders strike trouble negotiating the sandy slopes and tricky bends. Eventually, new trials will be built. It's hoped this early training will equip the young motor cyclists for the day when they confront the city traffic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0HLDYXRBR3PEJK7Y7NGVMCUW
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0HLDYXRBR3PEJK7Y7NGVMCUW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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