How to encourage cycling at schools with anti-cycling policies

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Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up. It's mainly for parents, but we hope it'll also be useful for teachers, heads, governors, councils, after-school programmes and, of course, children.
Children cycling to school
Don't stop children cycling to school!

There is plenty of information available on how to promote cycling at schools that already have a positive outlook (you can learn more about this in the 'Working with the Willing' section). This campaigning kit, however, is primarily to help people who are trying to change the attitudes of obstructive schools.

Cycling allows children to travel quickly and independently through their local areas, providing not just autonomy and a learning experience, but a daily sense of achievement. We hope that this kit helps you work with your child (or children) to make cycling a part of their everyday life. Although many of the suggested actions need to be led by adults, the issue remains essentially about children, so we strongly encourage anyone using this kit to work closely with the affected child(ren) at every step of the process.

The following pages set out some of the evidence and techniques that might come in useful when challenging bans imposed by schools.

See also CTC's policy briefing on cycling to school.

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