A KEEN cyclist is urging parents and children to jump in the saddle and join his bicycle bus.
Simon Storey has launched a new way for St Joseph’s Catholic primary school, Briar Hill infant school and St Margaret’s C of E junior school pupils to travel safely to school.
The local dad, who is a cycling coach at Stratford juniors cycling club, decided to launch the initiative after researching bicycle buses.
It sees him as lead cyclist travel along a planned route and pick up children and parents at regular stops, with the group then cycling to school together.
And it has so far been a success, with councillors and local businesses showing their support, and residents signing up to take part.
Plumber Simon said: “I have had a good response and have been stopped by other parents who want to join the bicycle bus.
“If I can make a difference to the congestion and parking issues which will have a knock on effect with the air quality, and get more people out on their bikes to improve their physical and mental well-being then I’ll be happy.
“It will also be great to show it is possible for other parents at other schools setting up their own bicycle bus. I really want to get across to people the benefits of cycling, both physically and mentally, and also cycling to school with your child is a real bonding experience.”
Simon’s bicycle bus starts at Heathcote Park with pick up points through Warwick Gates and Whitnash. It runs every fortnight.
Visit www.thebicyclebus.co.uk to sign up or find out more.