BIKE buses at North Worcester Primary Academy and St George’s RC Primary School welcomed three special ‘passengers’ including the chief executive of Cycling UK.
New Mayor of Worcester Coun Louis Stephen and Deputy Mayor Coun Mel Allcott also joined Sarah Mitchell to find out more about the Bike Bus boom spreading across Worcester’s schools.
Next week a new Bike Bus will start to Nunnery Wood Primary School. It is being supported by Bike Worcester who have been helping parents to work out a safe route and how to cycle safely in a group, shielding children from traffic and learning how to cross junctions.
Coun Stephen said: “I was very pleased to take part. There are so many reasons why children cycling to school makes sense, from tackling obesity, to improving physical and mental health, as well as reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions’.
Sarah Mitchell, CEO of Cycling UK, said: “It was a wonderful morning seeing Worcester’s Bike Buses in action. Cycling as a group is so much fun and it’s brilliant to see local communities thriving around such a positive activity.
“Cycling UK thinks Bike Buses are a fantastic idea providing a short-term solution to roads which parents don’t feel are safe for children.
“Of course, in an ideal world they wouldn’t be necessary, as we’d have safe spaces for our young people to ride in.
“Getting kids and families out on their wheels has the potential to make a huge impact on our health and wellbeing, as well as benefiting our environment.”
Supported by a grant from Worcester City Council, Bike Worcester can offer advice, training and resources, to support parents with setting up a Bike Bus to school.
Bike Worcester has already set up six Bike Bus routes at four schools in Worcester – North Worcester Primary Academy, St George’s RC Primary School, St Barnabas C of E Primary and Redhill Primary.
Visit www.bikeworcester.org.uk for more.
Bike Worcester aims to make it easier and safer for more people to cycle around the city. They welcome ideas and new members from