Bike to School Week 2017





5th-9th June 2017

Event Description

Bike to School Week, organised by Sustrans, is an opportunity for children and parents to kick-start active travel habits and switch to cycling, scooting or walking for the school journey.

It is also a time to celebrate the good work already being done in schools to inspire more children and their parents to cycle, scoot or walk to school.

To celebrate Bike to School Week, which is open to schools across the UK, Sustrans has produced a series of teaching resources helping explore the benefits of travelling by bike, scooter and foot.

Activities range from planning the school journey to conducting a traffic survey, calculating calories burned and carbon emissions saved, learning about the effects of activity on the heart and carrying out simple checks on bikes and scooters.

Chris Bennett, Head of Behaviour Change and Engagement at Sustrans, said: “We hope as many schools as possible will get behind our Bike to School Week, which is a great opportunity to put cycling, scooting and walking under the spotlight.

“The need to rebalance the way we travel is stronger than ever. Cycling, scooting and walking is part of the solution to many of today’s challenges - from air pollution to congestion, childhood obesity and physical inactivity.

“The average primary school journey is 1.6 miles - a distance that can be cycled, scooted or walked as an easy way of building more physical activity into our busy lives (1).”

There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates cycling and walking has many health, social and environmental benefits.

Cycling, scooting or walking to school helps children get their recommended hour of physical activity a day and maintain a healthy weight.

The proportion of children walking and cycling to school has been declining in England since 1995, with the number being driven to primary school increasing each year - as many as one in four cars on the road during the morning peak are on the school run (2).

Children in the UK now lag far behind their peers in other nations for active travel. Only about 2-3% of UK children cycle to school compared to 49% of all Dutch primary school children (3).

Bike to School Week is funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme.

About the Organiser

The UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Sustrans vision is a world where people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. It is the charity behind practical and innovative solutions to some of the UK's biggest transport challenges, including the award-winning National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools, Bike It and TravelSmart. The 13,600-mile long National Cycle Network is a comprehensive network of safe and attractive places to cycle and walk throughout the UK, one third of which is traffic free paths, the rest follow quiet lanes or traffic-calmed roads. The Network now runs within two miles of 75 per cent of the UK population. Sustrans' work relies on the backing of 40,000 Supporters, and the support of charitable trusts, companies, the National Lottery and local authority programmes. Its team of 2,400 volunteer Rangers look after the routes.

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