Bike to school week - The benefits of cycling for children and families
Bike to School Week is an event across the UK to encourage families to cycle to school. It's a great way to celebrate the benefits an active school run creates and takes place from 27th September to 1st October 2021.
As cycling is a fun way to start your day, Yorkshire Education is highlighting the benefits cycling has for children and families and is encouraging more people to cycle to school.
Cycling is a fun family activity Cycling provides freedom and independence to get around. It is a great family activity which can also be enjoyed by very young children. There are a range of child seats, trailers, and children’s bikes to help people get started.
By encouraging children to cycle from an early age, it helps improve their fitness and develop their wellbeing while introducing a healthy activity. It also provides a bonding opportunity as you get to enjoy time together. The positive experience helps them start the day confidently while the exercise helps increase pupils’ alertness levels making them more prepared for learning. There are also many health benefits to cycling which include:
Increased cardiovascular fitness
Increased muscle strength and flexibility
Improved joint mobility
Decreased stress levels
Improved posture and coordination
Decreased body fat levels
Prevention or management of disease
Reduced anxiety and depression.
Plan your route to keep it enjoyable It can be a busy morning getting ready, so it is a good idea to plan your route and be prepared the night before. Pack your bags and make sure the bike is checked early on to limit the stress of getting out the door.
How to encourage children to cycle Before you start biking to school, it may be good to introduce your child gradually by choosing a suitable route for kids as a busy town centre is not that exciting. To motivate children, give them something to look forward to on the way. For example, stop for a snack or have a destination that ends with a park to play at.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help to encourage you and your kids to experience the joys of cycling and make cycling part of your lifestyle and consider it as a convenient way to travel to school.