Bike Bus

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Fredpedal
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Bike Bus

Postby Fredpedal » 17 Feb 2009, 9:21am

Does anyone have experience of setting up a Bike Bus? I have been asked by a teacher of a secondary school in SW London if I can help. I assume the idea will need a lot of planning with cycle training for students, teachers and parents.

Jack
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Postby Jack » 17 Feb 2009, 9:27am

I've not heard of a bike bus (in this context) but I know some Local Authorities have set up 'walking buses' to encorage walking to school (by overcoming perceived parental concerns about the supposed dangers of doing it the way we did). It might be worth seeing whether any bike buses have been set up by LAs (eg checking County Council websites or speaking to your LA (they may know of others that do it).

Fredpedal
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Postby Fredpedal » 17 Feb 2009, 11:22am

Thanks Jack. You are right, it will be a cycling version of a walking bus. I'm sure there will be one up and running somewhere.

Jack
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Postby Jack » 17 Feb 2009, 5:27pm

I knew this rang a bell. I read about one in the local paper:

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/n ... n_numbers/

But, it's for adult commuters (not sure the benefit on this particular road - but if it gives more people confidence to commute by bike - - ) so don't think they'll be any useful contacts.

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Postby worthers » 18 Feb 2009, 3:12pm

Wow, havn't seen one of these before. Great idea methinks, but definitely more for kids than adults.

David Domestique
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Re: Bike Bus

Postby David Domestique » 3 Apr 2009, 6:58pm

Hi
I'm involved in the Aire Valley Bike Bus - http://www.airevalleybikebus.org.uk. I'm happy to talk about our experiences on the bike bus, what do you want to know?

The other key initiative if you're looking at children getting to school is the Sustrans Safe Routes to School, which I think is still going.

There is someone doing a bike bus for a children at St Matthew's Primary School, in Bishopbriggs, Scotland:
http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/news/On-their-bikes-in-Bishopbriggs.4708562.jp.

If the link dies
"The scheme is backed by East Dunbartonshire Council, Sustrans (a leading UK sustainable transport charity), Cycling Scotland, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, and local firms Solid Rock Cycles and Viewfield Galleries."