Monday, 9 June 2014

Bike to School Week

To celebrate Bike to School Week I've been invited, along with a number of other bloggers, to take part in the Sustrans cycle to school challenge.

Basically, this means doing what I do most days anyway - cycling. So initially I thought, what challenge?

But then I actually thought about it. There are three of us on the bike, 'Goodies'-style. Eloise sits on a specially-designed seat on my crossbar and Charlie trails along at the back on his trailer bike. And we negotiate jaywalking pedestrians, red-light jumping motorists, lorries, prams, other bikes and - occasionally - kamikaze parents doing the school run by car. (Just watch the video below if you don't believe me!)

So although I'm not doing much out of the ordinary, it's still a challenge. And it's a challenge I wish more motorists would rise to. It makes you a better driver, for a start. (No, I don't jump red lights; yes, I do occasionally cycle on the footpath but slowly and not at the expense of any pedestrians.)

If more people did it, the roads would be safer, the air would be cleaner and we'd all be a darn site fitter.

And it's good fun.


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