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Sustrans' Bike to School Week to roll through UK 5th-9th June

Josh Cunningham
25 May 2017

Cycling and walking charity aiming to promote kick-start active travel habits with initiative

Bike to School Week, organised by purveyors of all things walking and cycling, Sustrans, is set to roll through the UK next month, from 5th to 9th June. 

The week is being pitched as an opportunity for children and parents to kick-start active travel habits and switching to a more sustainable transport means when travelling to and from school. 

The charity has produced a series of resources for teachers to promote the benefits of travelling by bike, scooter and foot, with activities ranging from traffic surveys and journey planning to calculating emissions saved.

'The need to rebalance the way we travel is stronger than ever,' says Chris Bennett, head of behaviour and change at Sustrans. '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.'

Currently only 2-3% of UK children cycle to school, compared to 49% of all Dutch school children, but with Bike to School Week, Sustrans is aiming to address that imbalance. 

'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,' continues Bennett.

'Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to put cycling, scooting and walking under the spotlight.'

For parental tips on keeping you and your child safe on a cycle journey, as well as more information on Bike to School Week, visit sustrans.org.ukbike-school-week.

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