Children cycling to school increases
Children riding to school.
In 2011 statistics on the number of children cycling toschool showed that only 2% of pupils were travelling to school by bike. However new figures are showing the number of children cycling to school is on the increase in certain areas around the UK.
In Merton, there has been a 60% increase, from 8.8% to14.4%, in the amount of children cycling to school from the previous year. This increase has been attributed to the encouragement from parents and staff members.
Getting more children to start cycling to school can be a daunting prospect, especially with fears of dangers on the roads. There are a number of things that parents can do to encourage their children to safely cycle to school:
- Find a safe route
- Make sure their bike is well maintained
- Encourage children to cycle together
One of the main ways that schools can encourage their pupils to travel to school by bike, is by having adequate storage facilities for their bikes. Many schools fail to have these in place and it can make a huge difference in cycling numbers as children will have somewhere safe to keep their bikes.