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20 May 2024

Cycling UK has launched the Inclusive Cycling Experience, a new programme funded by the Motability Foundation, to support disabled communities in Greater Manchester and Inverness to start...

20 May 2024

ACT member Mapes of Millport, a bike shop on Cumbrae, an island in the lower Firth of Clyde in western Scotland, is riding high after being selected as the best cycle hire shop in...

20 May 2024

People who cycle to work are less likely to be prescribed drugs to treat anxiety or depression than those who commute using different modes of transport, new research shows.

20 May 2024

The cycling industry may have experienced one of its most turbulent periods in recent history, but it still represents a great opportunity for investment, according to a report...

20 May 2024

The Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index, the biggest UK survey of walking, wheeling and cycling, found only 40% of residents on low incomes had access to a cycle. This compared to 59% in...

9 May 2024

John Lewis, the UK’s largest department store, will stock the UK’s leading e-bike brand, VOLT from today. The retailer will have four models from VOLT’s award-winning range of...

8 May 2024

Hundreds of independent bike shops around the country got involved with this year’s Local Bike Shop Day, according to organisers, the Association of Cycle Traders

8 May 2024

UK consumer confidence improved by two points in April, new data has shown, as optimism about personal finances for the coming year remained stable.

8 May 2024

More than 400 children and adults have cycled through Brighton and Hove to ask for the streets to be made safe for cycling with a network of separated cycle lanes.

7 May 2024

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has criticised the UK government for a “shocking lack of progress in making streets more attractive for walking, wheeling and...

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Cycle to School Week to celebrate the joy of active journeys.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Sustrans are calling on schools and families across the UK to take part in Cycle to School Week from 25 to 29 September to experience how travelling actively can be healthy, cheap and fun.

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It has been estimated that more than two thirds of children between age five and 10 live less than a mile away from their school, almost two-thirds are driven the short distance. A Sustrans survey shows that around four out of every five children would like to make that journey by walking, wheeling, scooting or cycling.

Organised by The Bikeability Trust, in partnership with Sustrans, Cycle to School Week encourages families and schools to celebrate active journeys.

Participants can either choose to pledge to swap one car journey for cycling, cycle to school every day, or cycle with their family or discover somewhere new.

Schools are equipped with the tools to encourage their pupils to take part in the week, including presentations, activities and lesson plans created by Sustrans and The Bikeability Trust. The resources are available throughout the year on the Sustrans website, allowing schools to continue the conversation around active travel beyond Cycle to School Week.  

  • Research shows that 71% of UK school pupils are worried about climate change.
  • Transport accounts for 27% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Switching from the car to cycling, scooting or walking the school run can help reduce air pollution around the school gates.

 In addition, getting active on the way to school provides a boost to children's physical health and wellbeing. Children arrive more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day. It improves our mental health by reducing stress and anxiety and increasing our self-esteem. There's reduced congestion and pollution around the school. Children are more aware of road safety and feel more independent.

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