Bike Education Program Triples Cycling Rates in Schools

Image credit: North Wales Police

From bike traffic schools in Santa Cruz to bike commuter guides, a little education can go a long way in helping people overcome their fear of adopting two-wheeled traffic. (Let's not forget the one most important tip for staying safe on a bike either!) But an innovative program in North Wales seems to be way out in front in getting people to rethink the bike. It's even claiming a three-fold increase in the number of kids cycling to school!

OK, so the headline over at cycling charity Sustrans (organizers of this scheme) claiming that "pupils cycling in Wales triples" is a little misleading. This was a geographically limited scheme focusing on twenty-four schools across the Conwy and Neath Port Talbot areas of North Wales. But nevertheless, prior to the launch of the Bike It program, only 13 percent of children were biking to school at least once a week. The program has brought that number up to 39 percent.

The program tackles anything and everything that might be preventing kids from getting on their bikes, organizing cycle training and bike maintenance sessions, helping to install new bike sheds, contributing to classroom work and providing information about safe routes to schools. The scheme even got the support of the local police—and there were you cynics thinking the photo above showed kids getting pulled over for speeding...

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