Bike to School Week rolls through the UK

Schools across the UK are being invited to take part in Bike to School Week

During 23 – 27 September, the Get Smarter Travel MK team is inviting schools in Milton Keynes to take part.

Organised by Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, and supported by the Bikeability Trust, Bike to School Week celebrates cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children.

To support schools in Milton Keynes throughout Bike to School Week, there are a range of resources available, including school posters plus a 5-day pack of daily activities to be completed in class and a video guide with simple practices to check your bike is safe to ride.  These activities aim to inspire pupils to think about their journeys to school, understand the benefits of active travel, and consider the causes and effects of air pollution.

Outside of the classroom, families are invited to join two competitions:

  • The Bike to School Week Sustrans photo competition, where sharing photos of cycling to and from school with the hashtag #SustransWin could see one lucky pupil win a brand new Frog Bike. Parents are also invited to download the Sustrans guide that offers tips on cycling, walking and scooting to school.
  • The Bikeability Trust story competition. All entrants of stories about riding to and from school during Bike to School Week will be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Carrera Abyss 24 inch wheel suitable for 8 – 9 years old: To enter

A survey conducted by the Bikeability trust of over 1,000 parents with children aged 12 and under showed that 63% of parents think cycling is an easy way to increase their child’s activity levels.  The Get Smarter Travel MK team will be working throughout Bike to School Week to inspire pupils who have completed their Bikeability training to continue cycling confidently between home and school.

Undertaking professional cycle training can play a huge part in overcoming some of the initial fears of getting out and about on the roads and will equip young riders with the competence and confidence to cycle well and share the Redways and roads appropriately with other users. Bikeability training is available through your school, parents can ask their child’s school about what Bikeability training they have planned for the year.  Or you can attend one of our family training sessions, more information on the events page.

More information on Bike to School Week, including access to resources.