A bike to school culture has multiple benefits for our kids and our city

Campaign

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Target

100,000 more pupils cycling to school in Greater London by the end of the next mayoralty

Problem

The lack of children cycling to school starkly illustrates the difficulties of cycling on London's streets.

Many parents and schools don't consider it safe for their children or pupils to cycle to school (even though the risks are actually very low).

The daily school run, where parents drive their children to schools just a mile or two away, creating ever more pollution and congestion, is a symptom of how cycle-unfriendly our local streets have become.

Not only that, but sedentary lifestyles have been shown to cause obesity and ill health even in children of a young age.

It's time for our streets to be made child-friendly again, so that our kids get the chance to experience - and learn from - the fun and freedom that a bike brings.

Solution

A cycling to school target forces decision-makers to come up with the right mix of solutions in any given area, from lower speed limits and traffic reductions to bike lanes and tracks.

Schools will have to play their part too, providing good facilities such as secure parking and cycle training.

The safety of children is understandably an emotive topic. Making streets safer for youngsters helps tackle broader road-danger issues, which benefits all road users.

Involving parents in getting their children to cycle happily and in safety also helps raise awareness amongst mothers and fathers as to the benefits and opportunities cycling provides, getting more adults on bikes too.

Cycling offers health and independence, and is a valuable life-skill. Cycling to school is one of the best ways to learn that skill. That's why achieving a stiff target for cycling to school is one of the best things we can do to help the well-being of the next generation of adults.

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