Bike to School Week 2020 Begins

Bike to School Week 2020 has begun, giving parents, children and schools the chance to enjoy the benefits of cycling to school.

This year’s event comes at a time when cycling has never been more popular. Since lockdown measures were imposed on the UK, the take up of cycling has grown dramatically.

One May day saw 384% of the usual amount of cyclists on the roads and bike shops were reportedly selling out of stock faster than they could get it in.

Bike to School Week

Bikeability, the Department for Transport’s provider for awards in cycle training, has pointed out that Bike to School Week lets riders “enjoy the fresh air and freedom that cycling provides”.

The week is full of activities for schools taking part – including learning about different types of bikes, quizzes, competitions and cycling courses set up in the playground.

It makes this week the perfect opportunity to encourage children to ride to school. Sustrans, the charity organizing Bike to School Week, suggests that parents join in by accepting the challenge to travel by bike more and to reduce the number of car journeys taken.

Safety when cycling

Bike to School Week is also a good opportunity to focus on the importance of safety. Educating children in the safest ways of cycling is important to ensure they continue to enjoy riding to school. For example, the most serious cycling accidents involve head injuries so make sure they know wearing a helmet could keep them safe.

Helping your kids plan the safest route to and from school is another way of getting involved in the annual event. Explore new routes with them and talk about what the potential hazards are and how they can navigate them safely.

The organisations behind Bike to School Week are hopeful that the campaign will inspire lifelong interest in cycling. Sustrans suggests that families turn cycling into an activity everyone can enjoy by heading out on traffic-free rides. This can help boost kids’ confidence on their bikes and get them ready for busier journeys.

Although cycling is typically a safe way of getting around – especially for children – accidents can happen. If you or your child has been injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation.

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