The number of people cycling regularly has risen by 1.7 million over the past decade, according to British Cycling.
Many schools have recognised the wide-ranging benefits of cycling – from helping to improve health and well-being, to reducing congestion and carbon footprint –and they actively encourage their pupils to cycle to school.
Nationally, however, only a small number of pupils (around 2%) actually do so – and concerns around safety may be one of the reasons why.
In order to promote safe cycling, there are simple steps schools can take, from educating pupils on the most common cycling risks, to explaining the rules of the road, including the compulsory wearing of helmets, and providing them with hi-visibility jackets.
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