Bike to School Week rolls out

The Oban Times - - Districts -

FAM­I­LIES across Scot­land are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in Sus­trans’ Bike to School Week from June 5 to 9 and dis­cover the ben­e­fits of cy­cling, scooter­ing and walk­ing.

Bike to School Week is also a time to cel­e­brate the good work al­ready be­ing done in schools to in­spire more chil­dren and their par­ents to cy­cle, scoot or walk to school.

Run by Sus­trans Scot­land, the free event is open to schools across Scot­land and, to cel­e­brate, Sus­trans has pro­duced a se­ries of teach­ing re­sources help­ing ex­plore the ben­e­fits of trav­el­ling by bike, scooter and on foot.

Ac­tiv­i­ties range from plan­ning the school jour­ney to con­duct­ing a traf­fic sur­vey, learn­ing about the ef­fects of ac­tiv­ity on the heart and car­ry­ing out sim­ple checks on bikes and scoot­ers.

Ce­cilia Oram, Sus­trans Scot­land Smarter Choices co- or­di­na­tor said: ‘We hope as many schools as pos­si­ble get be­hind Bike to School Week. It is a great op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to en­cour­age their chil­dren to be more ac­tive in their jour­ney to school.

‘Cy­cling, scooter­ing and walk­ing form part of the so­lu­tion to many of today’s chal­lenges - from air pol­lu­tion to con­ges­tion, child­hood obe­sity and phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity. The av­er­age pri­mary school jour­ney is 1.6 miles - a dis­tance that can be cy­cled, scooted or walked as an easy way of build­ing more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity into our busy lives.’

Ask your child’s school to take part in Bike to School Week. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sus­trans.org.uk/ bike- school-week.

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