Family Cycling

Since having children my view of cycling has changed a bit.

With one child my husband and I fitted child seats to our bikes and that was great. But two years later we had a second and family cycling got tricky. At home with two children I struggled to find the time to cycle and I wondered if I would ever feel fit again. Then I discovered cargo bikes and this discovery changed my life massively. Suddenly I was cycling up to seventy miles a week, all in transporting my children to where we needed to be.

As my children got older, they got heavier, my knees struggled with the weight of our beloved bakfiets and we bought an electric-assist cargo bike. Again this was life changing, although not without its challenges.

Now older still, my eldest is riding his own bike more with my youngest with me on our tandem. This has brought new challenges in dealing with traffic as I am no longer completely in control.

In the school playground I have become used to being known as ‘the woman with the bike’. The school run has become a massive part of my life and I am keen to support other families to cycle to school. Encouraging other mums to cycle through Breeze and setting up a monthly bike bus has been a big part of this.

 

The Reluctant Bike Bus Organiser

This post is the follow up to a British Cycling webinar Start A Bike Bus To School which I helped to present on 17th June 2020. You can access the recording of the webinar here. ...

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Keep On Pedalling…Please

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Get Who Pedalling?

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A Cargo Crisis

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Counting the Cost

Last October I was forced to look again at how I transport my two children. In three years of travelling by my beloved bakfiets cargo bike, both children had got to be awful big…and...

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Running the School-Run Gauntlet

I have been doing the ‘school-run’ by cargo bike for around four years now. Actually, it started as the playgroup run, then became the nursery run, then the playgroup and nursery run, then the...

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Babboe City-E Review

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Surely That Is Dangerous?

A week ago there was a lot of snow and ice around where we live. This made transporting myself and my two children tricky, but we managed to continue the school run by cargo...

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Life After Bakfiets

Towards the end of last year the time came for a change from the bakfiets for transporting my two children. It was time to assess the options for carrying children by bike. I first...

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Why having children is like having bikes

Today, I was reflecting on the fact that my bikes were my babies before I had babies. Then it came to me just how many similarities there are between being a mother and being...

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