Bike to School this week and win a Frog Bike!

It’s Bike to School Week this week (Monday 27th September to Friday 1st October 2021) , and there’s a chance to win a brand new Frog Bike if you take part this week. 

Bike to School Week 2021

This annual event to encourage more children to cycle and scoot to school is run by the charities Sustrans and Bikeability. 

Everyone can take part in Bike to School Week and there is no registration process for schools, although they do provide a whole load of resources for schools and teachers to help them include cycling in the curriculum.

Whether it’s environmental, health or economic, there’s so many benefits to cycling to school – especially this week when there’s issues with the supply of fuel. 

If your family haven’t cycled to school before, then our FREE Guide to Cycling to School will walk you through step by step how to plan your route and organise your bikes, kit and kids. 

I know first hand how intimidating it can be setting off on that first morning, but promise you the feeling of satisfaction when you arrive at the school gate is worth it!

If you do cycle or scoot to school this week, then Sustrans would like to know about it.  If you fill in their survey you’ll be in with a chance to win a Frog Bike worth £400. 

Here’s a few more articles that you may find useful this week:

 

 

Comments

Heather Gould

Re cycling to school week. Please remember not all children can do this so therefore cannot take part as much as they may like to.
1. Families simply cannot afford to buy bikes for all their children
2. Many parents have to travel several miles in rush hour traffic with multiple drop offs – sometimes only minutes between pick up and drop off of different children
3. Many parents strive to find a balance between the demands of family life and health. This includes my daughter who continues to work for the nhs during these very challenging times.
This cycle to school event/competition is aimed at a privileged few.

Karen

Hi Heather, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on Bike to School Week.
Whilst I understand that cycling isn’t for everyone, neither is driving. Bikes can be bought very cheaply second hand, and certainly cheaper than cars.
Data published in 2020 by the UK government shows that:
1) In the 5 years from 2015 to 2019, an average of 19% of people had no access to a car or van – the same figure as from 2002 to 2006
2) White people were consistently more likely to live in a household with access to a car or van than any other ethnic group throughout the period covered by the data
3) Black people were more than twice as likely as White people to live in a household with no access to a car or van
Many families are also finding that coping with the rush hour is quicker by bike – where there are only minutes between pick up and drop off times the fact you can cycle past all the standing traffic really speeds things up.
Whilst I realise cycling to school isn’t for everyone, a growing number of families are realising the benefits to their pocket, health (physical and mental) and the environment of cycling to school, and Bike to School Week is a great way to help encourage others to give it a go
Karen

Katie crowson

Just wanted to say hi, and that I do enjoy reading your emails. Glad to hear you’re back in the saddle. We are currently trying to get our 8year old more interested in cycling (he used to love it when smaller) we took his his to Elm How in Glenridding during the holidays, and he certainly managed a few rides climbs (but walking the hardest bits). Just wondering how you keep the interest up as he seems to want to be lazy (after day one his legs hurt).
We are half a mile from school, so easy to ride, but only one pavement and the road is busy. We have cycling proficiency starting this week, so hopefully that will help too. Xx

Karen

Hi Katie, Thanks so much for getting in touch. You’ve reached that point so many of us do! I had this with both boys about that age (and sorry to say it seems to get worse as they get older – they’re both now teens!) but I think they’re not really lazy – they just need to be motivated into doing something. When mine finally get out on their bikes they LOVE it – and say they want to do loads more, but getting them there is difficult. There’s nothing like good old fashioned bribery – favourite snacks en route, a cafe stop at the end, do tend to help, plus finding places they like to ride (mine started to enjoy the challenge of mountain biking about that age, and we explored different forests). They also responded well to having a specific cycling top that they wore that made them feel like a “pro”.
Cycling to school is a different matter – Bikeability can’t do anything to fix busy roads. The Cycle to School Guide I’ve created talks about trying to find quieter routes, and tells you how to find out who to complain to if you don’t have one.
Hope this helps – do let me know how you get on, Karen x

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