Important information for parents of students who cycle to school
Cycling is a great way of getting to school and can help keep students healthy and active, while making the school run more fun, reducing traffic congestion and helping the environment.
We encourage cycling to school as much as possible and ask that parents ensure that students are competent to negotiate hazards and understand how to stay safe on their journey.
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that helmets are worn and bicycles are roadworthy and in good working order, including the tyres, lights and brakes.
Here are some top tips to stay safe whilst cycling to and from school:
- Find an easy, quiet route.
Take a smooth, flat route if possible. Don't be put off by a less direct route compared to a busy, direct one.
- Practise the route at the weekend first.
Take some time at the weekend to practise, explore different routes, and make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take.
- Be prepared.
Mornings are a busy time, so spend some time the night before to prepare. Pack bags and leave helmets ready, so you can get up and go!
- Have the correct safety accessories.
A white front light and red rear light (constant or flashing) and reflectors are legal requirements when cycling in the dark.