Thinking about setting up a bike bus for your school?
Here's your one-stop shop with everything you need to know about the FRideDays Bike Bus.
Fresh air, friends, and that Friday feeling. That's what the FRideDays Bike Bus is all about.
A bike bus is a group of people who ride to school together.
It's a fun way to make the benefits of cycling a regular part of the week.
For children, there’s nothing like cycling with friends by their side to get the day off to the best start.
It’s a fun and rewarding experience for everyone who joins in.
And there are heaps of benefits for children, parents and your community.
1. Helps children enjoy exercise
Cycling to school boosts their physical and mental health.
2. Starts the day right
Teachers find children arrive more relaxed and ready to learn.
3. Brings the community together
A bike bus is a great way to get to know people in your neighbourhood. And for your children to make friends.
4. Reduces traffic congestion
One in four cars in the morning rush hour are on the school run. With fewer cars on the road, less traffic will be outside the school gates.
5. Protect the environment
Cycling just one day a week helps cut your carbon footprint.
Here's how to get started in five simple steps.
Step 1: Find five for FRideDays
Start small. We recommend finding five people to join your FRideDays Bike Bus at first.
As long as there are two or more families, you have a bike bus.
Step 2: Plan your bike bus stops
Find a practical route to school, ideally between 10-30 minutes.
Make sure there's a safe space to start from and keep it as simple as possible.
Are there straight roads you can use? Can you minimise the number of turns needed?
Step 3: Hold a FRideDays Bike Bus
Be consistent with your bike bus schedule.
We recommend holding it every Friday. Or start with one Friday a month and build up to every week.
Make your Fridays FRideDays!
Step 4: Spread the word about your FRideDays Bike Bus
Let people know about FRideDays, how to join in, or volunteer on a ride.
Ask the school to include it in their newsletter. Make flyers. Use local and social media. Or why not hold a coffee morning?
And don't forget to use the hashtag #FridayWeCycle and tag @sustrans on social media.
Step 5: Keep everyone involved
Set up a FRideDays online group to keep your bike bus up to date with any changes to schedule, weather reports, extra events or share photos from the ride.
FRideDays is just an enjoyable bike ride. It's where a few families meet up and ride to school together.
It's fun and has loads of benefits for you and your children's mental and physical health.
And as a group, you're more visible to others on the road making it a safer way to travel.
Once you've set up your own FRideDays Bike Bus, you can use our logo and graphics to promote it to friends and family.
If you need further information about the FRideDays Bike Bus project, support or training, please email us at email@example.com.
Use #FridayWeCycle and don't forget to tag @sustrans.
And there's a FRideDays Bike Bus twitter you can follow for all the latest news and updates.