Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back to school

... and guess who (for the first time in over six weeks) slept in?

Not me. Not Charlie, either. But his little sister decided that today was the day to snuggle down and stay in bed.

All of which meant the first day - always the best prepared in advance (clean clothes laid out, bags ready by the door and - in my case - bike checked, tyres pumped and trailer attached) didn't quite go as smoothly as it might otherwise have done.

Neither was the journey without incident, thanks to a dodgy pedal. Thankfully, that's now fixed and in time for the school run this afternoon so, once again, it's all systems go for our cycle to school.

We do our best. But, according to cycle charity Sustrans, fewer children are walking or cycling to school than ever before. And I can see why. (Want to see the helmet-cam of my daily commute? Take a look at this... and it ain't pretty!)

When asked, many parents cite safety (rather than, say, the weather or their appearance) as the main reason why they drive rather than walk or cycle on the school run with their children.

It's always seemed pretty cock-eyed to me to take any form of exercise for exercise's sake - more especially if you have to pay for it as well. (Why join a gym when you can bike to work?) But we're all aware of the need, collectively, to get moving as a nation. And that includes our children.

Which is why we need action - action to make our roads, and therefore, the school run, safer. Every child has a right to walk, cycle or scoot to school and enjoy their journey. We want to see a safer school run, and Sustrans has today launched the first of three short films to highlight this issue. Because, after all, there's no adventure without a journey. And it's what lies in-between that makes the getting there exciting...



If you'd like to get involved with the campaign visit www.sustrans.org.uk/safetoschool
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