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FAMILIES are using pedal power to navigate the city.
As children return to the classroom – and while Brighton and Hove experiences an increase in virus numbers –parents and carers are trading four wheels for two.
Schemes have been introduced in a bid to facilitate travelling by bicycle.
The School Streets programme, which closes roads outside the school gates, started this month and has been widely praised by parents.
However, cycling lanes on the seafront road and Old Shoreham Road have proven controversial, with many calling for their removal.
Amid the uproar, the Labour Group of councillors who introduced the schemes have called for an immediate halt to their expansion to make sure adequate consultation is conducted.As the showdown over their future rumbles on, families have shared their positive experiences behind the handlebars.Mark and Theo Smith have just started cycling to West Hove Infants together.Mark said: “We often walk to school, but now Theo’s getting bigger, he can come on his own bike.“We’ve tried out the new cycle lane on Kingsway – now that it’s wider, it’s a lot safer.“Theo’s only six, so safety is important.“The School Streets are brilliant as the air is much cleaner around the school, kids can play freely in the street and you don’t have to watch your back all the time.“We should have them around every school.”Melanie Dsouza takes her daughter Artemis to school in Hove from their home in east Brighton on a tandem.Melanie said: “Cycling makes the school run fun.“Artemis is usually […]