Worcester's Bike Bus adds new school to timetable - The Worcester Observer

Worcester's Bike Bus adds new school to timetable

Rob George 6th Nov, 2023   0

YOUNGSTERS and parents across the city saddled up for fun on Halloween themed school Bike Buses, supported by Bike Worcester.

Children, parents and bike bus volunteers decorated their bikes and headed out as skeletons, witches, zombies and pumpkins on seriously spooky school runs.

The Halloween fun was organised by Bike Worcester volunteers, who have helped set up ten Bike Bus routes at seven schools in Worcester over the last 18 months.

New Bike Buses started at St. Georges CE Primary and Honeywell Primary School, this Autumn term, helping reduce traffic and air pollution from cars.

And now Stanley Road primary school are getting ready to launch their very first bike bus after half term.

Bike Buses support and encourage children and their parents to cycle to school each week on an organised route.

Volunteer leaders, who are often parents, coordinate the groups setting off safely and crossing at junctions, which gives families a safe space and confidence to cycle together.

Earlier this year, a £1,000 grant from Worcester City Council, helped Bike Worcester to provide support for more schools in the city to introduce Bike Buses, funding equipment, such as high-vis tabards for parents and children cycling and group leaders.

Bike Worcester has worked closely with schools to develop custom routes, train parent volunteers to form a protective cordon of bikes around the group and publicise getting involved in school newsletters and social media.

Bike Buses are now operating from North Worcester Primary Academy, St Georges RC Primary School, St. Barnabas CE Primary, Redhill Primary, Nunnery Wood Primary School, St. Georges CE Primary and Honeywell Primary School.

Danny Brothwell, chair of Bike Worcester said “It’s fantastic to see Bike Buses expanding across Worcester.

“Schools, families and the wider community are seeing the benefits of getting involved, enjoying healthy active lifestyles and reducing air pollution.

“Everyone involved has a lot of fun and we do get out in all weathers. We are finding that parents who haven’t been on a bike for years, are regaining confidence, and children are super keen to join in to cycle with friends and practice bike handling skills and road sense.

“If you are interested in getting support from Bike Worcester to start a Bike Bus at your school, please get in touch.”

Visit www.bikeworcester.org.uk or search @BikeWorcester on Twitter and Facebook for more.


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