How can we get more children cycling to school? Safe and low traffic cycling neighbourhoods, segregated bike lanes, and School Streets schemes are all vital. Equally important is secure, dedicated, and effective school cycle storage.
Recently, the School Streets initiative has been steadily gaining interest, with early signs of success. Removing motor traffic from the roads outside schools helps create a welcoming and safe destination for everyone.
Along with better bike lanes, they are helping shift the way parents and children complete the school run.
But only by combining these measures with effective cycle parking can we fully realise more cycling and scooting journeys to school.
What are the benefits of dedicated school cycle storage?
Storage and parking is an essential component of ensuring children can cycle to school safely. That’s because dedicated facilities remove any remaining barriers to cycling – keeping bicycles safe, dry, and protected – while helping to positively promote active travel with prominent, well-located cycle storage.
Proper cycle parking can ultimately help minimise motor traffic in and around schools by providing the incentive to cycle. This reduces air pollution, noise pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, and provides children with an active start to their day – shown to help improve alertness in the classroom – and is ultimately great fun for kids and parents alike.
These are some of the many now well-known benefits of getting more children cycling to school. The direct impact of better, effective cycle storage for the school, staff, and students can be summed up as follows:
- Ease security concerns of parents and staff
- Avoid bikes being locked to railings and lamp posts
- Opportunity for custom branding, colours and green roofs to promote active travel schemes and Bike to School week
- Keep bicycles and scooters dry and protected