UK schools are being invited to take part in Bike to School Week, which runs from 28th September to 2nd October 2020.
Recent figures show that only 2% of primary school children in England currently bike to school. The Department for Education has released guidance that due to physical distancing restrictions on public transport, those who travel less than 2 miles to school should cycle or walk where possible.
Sustrans, who are the custodians of the National Cycle Network, are keen to create environments that help families cycle safely and encourage those who started cycling during lockdown to continue to do so. Cycle training provided by Bikeability can also help to increase children’s confidence and safety when cycling.
Xavier Brice, CEO at Sustrans said: “We’re delighted to be able to run Bike to School Week again this year, after what has been a time of great uncertainty for all families across the country. And now, more than ever, it is vital that as many pupils as possible are able to cycle to school through the creation of dedicated routes and removing cars from the school gates.
As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, and families are looking for physically distanced ways to move around, it is essential steps are taken to ensure the school run is as safe and healthy as possible for everyone. We are therefore calling on local authorities across the UK to work to help schools and families make active travel the safest and most appealing option. And for schools to get involved in the Bike to School Week when it launches in September.”
Emily Cherry, executive director at The Bikeability Trust, added: “We are delighted to support Bike to School Week and work in partnership with Sustrans to celebrate cycling to school.
The Bikeability Trust has taught over 3.5 million children in England to ride a bike competently on the road and Bike to School Week is a fantastic opportunity for these children to demonstrate and develop the skills they have been taught by our cycle training. We hope that this week will inspire them to continue cycling throughout the school year and beyond.”
Join the Bike to School Week social media competition and share your families cycling experiences alongside the hashtag #SustransWin for a chance to win a prize.
For more information visit the Bike to School Week website.