On your bikes !

Figures from 2009 indicate that 42% of journeys to school in the UK are made by car. With home-to-school distances lengthening to an average of 1.5 miles, it’s not surprising that walking to school is not a viable option for many families these days.

But you would agree that sitting in a car isn’t the most energetic way to start the day…

So have you considered cycling to school?

The bike is a very efficient and fast way of transport, providing a chance to improve fitness whilst having fun. So long as you and your child are equipped with helmets and waterproof clothing, this can be an exciting way to start the day. Not only is it great exercise, but also the fresh morning breeze helps wake you up and leave you ready for a busy day at work and school.

Cycling in London is safer than you think, with many cycle lanes and Greenways. Transport For London has all the info you need here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11607.aspx

Or perhaps you think that your bikes aren’t ‘road worthy’? Never fear: Bike Week starts Monday 26 September, and to encourage Londoners to get on their bikes more, the Royal Parks will be hosting Dr Bike Surgeries offering free cycle safety checks all week: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/events/event.cfm?id=2362

According to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, 49% of children would like to go to school by bike. Do you think you could give your child the chance to exercise every day?

by Maria Montoya

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