Cycling is a great way to get around, get some exercise and reduce the amount of time spent stuck in a car, or on the bus.
Top tips for cycling to school
- An adult can always accompany younger children and help older kids get used to their route until they’re ready to go it alone.
- A small backpack is sufficient to carry books and equipment. To carry more, panniers fitted to a rack on the bike are the best solution. See if your child’s school provides lockers.
- Your child should be as visible as possible to other road users and pedestrians. Lights, reflectors, high visibility clothing and confident road positioning are great ways to do this. (A white front light and red rear light are legal requirements when cycling in the dark).
- Although not compulsory, cycle helmets are designed to give protection from a fall and are particularly recommended for young children. Parents should make that choice for their children.
- Set a good example and follow the Highway Code.