This week marks the annual Bike to School Week by Sustrans. The Week is set out to illustrate the benefits of cycling to school across the UK. The week provides a great opportunity to showcase how an active lifestyle can help a student’s health, both physically and mentally. It’s not only pupils though that are encouraged to cycle to school, parents and teachers are more than welcome to join in and cycle to school. Sustrans are also providing a free ‘Guide to walking, cycling and scooting to school’ to make sure you know everything you need to know before making your way to school.
Current figures show that currently only 2% of primary school Children in England get to school by cycling, compared to in Holland where a staggering 49% of Children cycle to school. Cycling can provide an easy way for children to get exercise and what NHS recommend as 60-minute daily activity to keep you healthy and reduce chances of future health risks. A gentle cycle to school in the morning will also increase oxygen delivered to the brain making you more alert and ready for the school day ahead. Although this won’t guarantee it will make Maths any easier.
As well as promoting the health benefits of using a bike, the week aims to raise awareness around safety when using a bike. Some schools have organised bike safety sessions for the children to learn about how to ride safely on roads and to make sure your bike is safe to ride. At the Bicycle Hub we also care about the safety of our bike users which is why we are offering a free bike safety check to make sure your bike is in perfect condition to allow you to travel safety. Just give us a call or visit us at the Bicycle Hub at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and we’ll be more than happy to help.