Swimming lessons are mandatory in school. Makes sense; swimming is excellent exercise, a lot of fun, and one day it could save your life. So why isn’t cycling compulsory? Well, we say it should be!
It ticks all the same boxes, even saving your life – physical inactivity is almost as big a killer as smoking, the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks by 20 to one or so, and regular cyclists have the fitness of someone 10 years younger on average.
No wonder Dani King, one of our Olympic gold medal cyclists, is backing the idea. Dani had to skip a maths class to try out for British Cycling’s Go Ride programme, but I doubt she’s losing sleep over how it may have impacted on her trigonometry skills.
If as adults we cycled those journeys under 5 miles that we make by car, we’d get in our recommended half hour of daily physical activity each time we did (BTW, bikes average higher speeds than cars in city rush-hours)….
If you want to make a difference in the meantime, why not sign our pledge and make residential 20mph zones and safe routes to school a reality, so that the children who want to cycle, can cycle.