We're Ready for Bike to school week! are you?
September 27th to October 1st sees the return of Sustrans annual Bike to school week.
Bike to School Week is a week-long event in which participating schools encourage families to cycle or scoot to school. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate cycling and scooting and the positive impact active travel has on children’s health and wellbeing and the environment.
And your local Conservative Councillors have been advocating for greater support to get young people out there enjoying cycling and the independence It brings.
Cllr Lizzy Gibson, (Great Hollands South) Whose own child cycles to school regularly, has Suggested a scheme to assist Young Carers and Children Looked After by the Council in learning the basics of riding a bike so they can participate in Bikeability training at school with their friends, and the provision of a 'bike bank' to help foster parents and the families of Young carers to source safe well maintained size appropriate bikes for their children.
Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard (Exec Member for Children, Young People and Learning,) received this proposal favourably and at his recommendation the Councils Corporate Parenting Advocacy Panel are looking into it further.
And Cllr Dorothy Hayes MBE (Exec Member for the Environment is enthusiastic and looking into how her portfolio area may be able to support the scheme.
Cllr Gill Birch. (Chair of Education, Skills and Growth Overview and Scrutiny Panel) says
"it's so important for children to learn to ride safely and responsibly as it improves their well being and is an opportunity to go out as a family by bike promoting a healthy lifestyle."
Cllr Suki Hayes. (Chair of CPAP)
Believes “ It is so important for all children and young people to be given the opportunity to learn how to ride bikes safely and to be encouraged to exercise whilst knowing they are doing something to help the environment.”
Cllr Sandra Ingham (deputy Chair CPAP) thinks
"Biking is brilliant, and good for the environment too.
Organised by Sustrans
and supported by the Bikeability Trust, Bike to School Week celebrates cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children.
If you need further information on local traffic free and safer cycle routes you'll find a clear colour coded Cycling map at
with our schools handily picked out in pink to make planning your off road route to school this Bike to school week even easier.