The freedom thing is still very powerful and kids can get a taste for it early by using bikes to get to school or college. For them it just takes a little physical effort and a change of mindset to start with, but for the adults involved it can be tougher.
They have to provide the bike, instil the safe riding habits and means of keeping thieves at bay. They also have to overcome a bit of anxiety. But there it is, unless you live a very long way from their place of education, or in a seriously dangerous environment, there is no reason to stop them riding to and from school or college.How dangerous? 5/10
Traffic is the issue here. To minimise the risk be sure the bike has lights, and that they wear a helmet and reflective band. A bike friendly route is paramount.How expensive?
£200 – 300 for the bike. If you have the bike all you need is lights, helmet and reflective bands. You’ll save the cost on a term’s bus fares or fuel alone.Adult time required?
A few hours, or less. You need to check out the route in the beginning, after that you save time.
• Pro’s – gives young people freedom, a sense of self-responsibility and natural exercise. Plus it saves many parents a stack of time in stressful commuting.
• Con’s – initial worry as you wait for their return. Traffic risks need to be reduced as much as possible by a well thought out route.