One in eight year 7 pupils in Milton Keynes cycle to school

    Leaders from MK business, Council and voluntary organisations reacted positively to the findings of a large-scale survey of students’ travel behaviours and attitudes.

    The survey of 2500 secondary school students showed 12% of Year 7 students cycle to school while 50% are driven. And of those living within a 15-minute cycle ride, nearly 40% are driven.

    The report concluded that 1,000 Year 7 pupils who are being driven, could easily cycle to school

    The report recommends action from schools and MK City Council to promote cycling to school in order to achieve personal health & wellbeing and net-zero carbon goals.

    Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, said: “If we could get more people cycling for leisure, exercise and transport, we could transform the mental health of people in this city.”

    Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children & Families, said: “Imagine the difference we could make if we could get 1000 more Year 7 students cycling to school rather than being driven. Promoting cycling from the earliest age is so important. Talking to parents about how their children can cycle safely to school is vital. I am certain we can increase the 12% who are currently cycling.”

    The event also celebrated the achievements of participants in the 2022-23 Business Cycling Challenge and the Schools Cycling Challenge. Mayor Amanda Marlow presented awards to Niftylift and Volkswagen Financial Services, also secondary schools Lord Grey Academy and Walton High.

    Finally Clive Faine of MK Cycle Forum and Malcolm Davies of Trek Bikes talked about the need to follow up the report and plan next steps towards building a sustainable alliance of business and voluntary organisations to help the Council increase cycling.

    Later that morning, a meeting of businesses including Network Rail, PWC, Red Bull and The Open University, discussed the creation of a formal alliance of businesses to help the Council to increase cycling to work and school in MK.

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