As part of the This Girl Can Lambeth program Sustrans is offering parents at schools throughout Lambeth the opportunity to learn to ride a bicycle for free. The Bike It You Can Too course is for parents who never learnt to ride a bike, or have not cycled since childhood. They will learn as part of a group, led by experienced instructors who will provide support to get you cycling with confidence, free of charge.
The project aims to create a social group of parents who have undertaken a significant journey together and received a sustained level of support to start cycling. It is hoped that the ripple effect of this group will be to ‘normalise’ the presence of cyclists at the school gate, encouraging other parents to get involved. The overall aim of Bike It and Bike It U Can 2 is to increase the numbers of children and parents cycling regularly to school.
What are the benefits of cycling, both for the cyclist and the wider population?
Cycling works at reducing congestion by taking cars off the road. Air pollution is a big health risk to people, and to developing children, as well as damaging to the environment. Cycling builds strength and muscle tone, improves cardio vascular fitness, can reduce levels of stress and depression and tackles issues such as obesity brought on by children and adults not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity.
The course generally runs over a period of 10 weeks, with one session a week, lasting 2 hours. It generally takes place in the morning after the parents have dropped their children off at school, on any day which suits the various stakeholders.
Two hours per week will primarily be taken up with cycle training, working through Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and possibly 3. Participants will also be taught basic bike maintenance. Route planning will also feature as a significant component.
For more information or to find your nearest Bike it program please contact Sam Jamieson from Sustrans on 07917 828301