Resources for Schools and Parents
This page contains information for schools who want to encourage children to cycle and in particular cycle to school.
Cycling brings many health benefits and by cycling to school children can reduce the considerable pollution and congestion caused by the "School Run"
Introducing children to cycling at an early age brings life-long benefits to the child's physical and mental health and enable the child to make a positive contribution to the environment and the climate emergency, which will effect them more that their elders and is something many children and young people are passionate about.
The information below will be helpful to schools anywhere, but if your school is in Warwick, Leamington Spa of Kenilworth Cycleways can offer further help and support, please get in touch.
A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic. The result is a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone.
School Street schemes offer a proactive solution for school communities to tackle air pollution, poor health and road danger reduction. A School Street scheme will encourage a healthier lifestyle and active travel to school for families and lead to a better environment for everyone.
You will find all the information you need:
If you want support to set up a school street in Warwick, Kenilworth or Leamington Spa get in touch here
How to convert schools to cycling
Is your child’s school discouraging cycling or banning it altogether? Do you need to do something about it? This guide from Cycling UK will help,. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it's also useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils and after-school programmes.
If you school is in Warwick, Leamington or Kenilworth contact us and we will try and help you.
Cycling safety for children
The number of children cycling to school alone has rapidly decreased over the past few decades, largely because parents worry about traffic danger. But teach them about road safety, and there’s no reason why children can’t enjoy the freedom of cycling.
This guide from Sustrans will show you how to teach road safety to your children
Bikeability - Cycle Training and Tools for Schools
Bikeability is the Department for Transport’s national award provider for cycle training in England. They offer cycle training primarily for Children and young people. There are a number of providers in Warwickshire, you can find details here.
Bikability also provide a wide range of Tools for Schools to help your school maximise the impact of Bikeability for all pupils, including what is included in Bikeability training and how to organise it; learning resources to support the curriculum and beyond; tools to help you promote and celebrate Bikeability and activities to support home-school engagement.
A bike bus is a brilliant way to support and encourage primary-school children to cycle to school, giving them the experience of cycling on roads, with the safety of being directed by adults and surrounded by others cycling.
There are two Bike Buses operating in our area:
- The St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Cycle Bus set up in 2019 was Warwickshire’s first school cycle bus
- The just established The Warwick Gates Bicycle Bus
There is a useful guide on how to set up a Cyclebus from Cycling Scotland and another from ChangeX This blog "The Reluctant Bike Bus Organiser" contains a lot of information from someone who has done it.
If you are thinking of setting up a Cyclebus in a local school please contact us and we can help and advice
Modeshift Stars - Travel Plans
Modeshift STARS is the Centre of Excellence for the delivery of Effective Travel Plans in Education, Business and Community settings. The STARS Education scheme recognises schools and other educational establishments that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel.
Launched in 2008, the STARS Education scheme is supported by the Department for Transport and has seen over 1,400 schools in England achieve accreditation since its inception. In the Autumn and Spring of each year, schools, local authorities and key partners come together for the National STARS School Travel Awards which recognise the outstanding schools from each local authority.