One of the quickest ways to get to and from school in a city that has significant traffic congestion is to cycle there. This may take the form of bicycles, scooters, roller blades or any other human powered machine that has wheels. Granted, the city may not be conducive for our youngest students to cycle to and from school but cycling remains a viable choice for a number of our older students. There is a significant and vocal movement underway that is forcing decision makers to ensure that varies modes of active transportation remain viable in our local communities.
That means schools have bike racks for all our students who want to cycle; our sidewalks and bicycle lanes are clear of debris and hazards; and our students receive the proper training to ensure they are safe and secure when they participate in this type of travel. Active transportation partners are working towards these goals so that cycling can be a legitimate choice for our students.
What’s stopping you from letting your children cycle to and from school? Let us know, we will work with our community partners to address those concerns and make cycling a viable, safe, and healthy means for our students to get to and from school.
- When cycling, always wear your helmet!
- If you are riding on the sidewalk; share with pedestrians and slow down.
- Obey traffic signals and follow the rules of the road.
- Expect the unexpected; car door openings and turning vehicles may not see you.
- Let those around you know you are there! Wear bright waterproof clothing and ensure your bicycle is in good operating condition.
Check out the following “Young Riders Guide” to help you get started with a cycling routine.