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How to cycle with schoolchildren in Oxfordshire

How to cycle with schoolchildren in Oxfordshire

Zuhura Plummer writes for Cyclox on why cycling to school can be good for school children. AS we start a new school term, it’s brilliant…

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Zuhura Plummer writes for Cyclox on why cycling to school can be good for school children.

AS we start a new school term, it’s brilliant time to get the kids biking to school.

‘I save about two hours in a day!’ an Oxford mum tells me, when I ask how she feels about the change in the way her kids get to school. Samita’s girls have learnt to cycle; so can now go to school without her.

That saves her a huge 10 hours a week of school run time, which means she’s working more instead, and as a single mum this has been transformative.

‘I don’t know what I would be doing now, if I didn’t have that extra bit of money coming in,’ she adds.

‘And I’m saving petrol from the four journeys a day which I’m not doing. I honestly say the school streets volunteers who taught my girls are angels! I didn’t think that when I first met them though! I thought it was a total pain – why were they making my life so much harder? But now the girls are in the habit of cycling, I wouldn’t change it for the world.’ Oxford Mail: Her youngest, Soraya, who is seven, was taught to ride a bike off road, by School Streets volunteers at St Ebbes. When she could manage cycling well, she was taught a route from her house to the school. She negotiates this ten-minute bike ride from home, near Donnington Bridge, carefully and competently. Cycling alongside […]

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