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starting school the cycle sprog way
Starting school is such a big step – both for your child and for you. You’ve probably seen some of the countless books, checklists, websites and blogs to help prepare for the first day at primary school, but few urge you to consider how you actually get your child to school.
Cycling to school when they are in the first few years of their education can be fun, and a great way to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle, whilst keeping you fit and saving on petrol and public transport costs. Your child will also arrive at school wide awake and ready to learn, compared to their peers who arrive by car.
the first year
For 4 and 5 year olds a trailer is a great way to commute – your child is sheltered from the elements and doesn’t have to put in any physical effort. As school itself can be extremely tiring for young children, this can be an added bonus over walking or scooting. Trailers are also brilliant for younger siblings, plus if you get one with a rear storage pocket you can fit in all the bags that you find you need to transport to the school each day. For more information about trailers, and how to cycle with them on roads, check out our trailer section.
Another good option, and particularly popular with ages 4 through to about 7, are tag-alongs or towbars. Both these designs allow your child to pedal – a tag-along on a specifically designed one wheel bike that fits onto your bike, and a towbar by fixing their bike to yours. We’ve got more information about both styles in our Pullalong section.
Tagalongs and towbars are perfect for when your child is too heavy for the trailer, as they allow them to get exercise and experience of riding without them having to control a bike themselves – very important if you are riding on road with them at this age.
If little brother or sister needs to come along for the ride, then a front seat is the ideal pairing with a tagalong.
So, as you’re preparing for the educational journey your child is starting on this autumn, take a few moments to think about how they arrive at school each day.
interested and need more information?
For help on getting started, check out our guide to starting to cycle with your kids.
You may also want to read the useful information in our “Safety” section.
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