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How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

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If your child's school is trying to ban or discourage cycling, this guide is designed to help overcome the most common barriers. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, local authorities, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
Don't stop kids from cycling to school
Don't stop kids from cycling to school

2) The law - what schools can and cannot do about cycling to school

  • Cycling ‘bans’

Schools do not have any legal right to ban cycling to and from their premises.

However, schools can discourage cycling through letters to parents or anti-cycling statements at assemblies and in publications. Schools can also ban bicycles from school grounds or refuse to supply cycle parking, which in many cases creates a de facto ban.

  • Liability

Some schools will make incorrect claims (either knowingly or out of ignorance) about their liability for students and/or their bicycles in order to justify a ban on cycles/cycle parking on school grounds.

However, schools are not liable for students travelling independently to or from the premises (school-operated buses are a different matter). Equally, schools are not liable for theft or damage caused to bicycles on school grounds, just as schools are not liable for theft or damage to a student’s coat left in a cloakroom.

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