Cycling coach Simon Storey has set up a ‘Bicycle Bus’ to encourage pupils to cycle to three schools in the town of Whitnash in south Warwickshire.
A Bicycle Bus is when a lead cyclist picks up children and parents at predetermined points along a planned route and the group then cycles to school together.
The scheme started during the first lockdown in 2020 after Simon Storey attended a webinar hosted by British Cycling, showing how to start a Bicycle Bus – and thought it was something he could try at his daughter’s school.
The Bicycle Bus is now servicing three local schools in Whitnash – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Briar Hill Infant and St Margaret’s C of E Junior – and is getting lots of supportive comments from local residents.
Simon, a father of four and British cycling coach, decided to start the Bicycle Bus after learning that more than half of all car journeys are under five miles, and nearly 50% of school run journeys are taken by car – with fewer than 2% of children cycling to school.
Simon Storey said: “Since the Bicycle Bus started there have been 25 trips with between 10 and 16 people regularly on the Bus – many of whom have ditched their car to do so.
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