(Written as a quick response to Rachel Aldred’s excellent ‘the bicycle is human scale‘)
This morning my daughter and I went to her class. She wanted to cycle, so we sent most of the journey on the pavements.
And it was great. We wobbled across the level crossing, said thank you to the man delivering papers who’d moved across for us, and smiled at the other Dad who was out cycling with his son.
The lady at the bus stop smiled at my daughter as she went by, and the drivers approaching the zebra crossing saw her standing there and waited patiently as she crossed all four lanes. And the Dad with a small baby strapped to him said ‘That’s brilliant’, as he let her make her way past.
While we were cycling along Manor Road, Zoe asked me what the beeping had been, and I could tell her she and I had crossed the level crossing just as it started beeping. When we got to the Carrington Road junction she told me, excitedly, “Daddy! My school is down there!”
Then, along North Road, we saw another local family and they shouted ‘Hello Zoe!’ as she cycled past and we waved.
Cycling with your children is just the best thing ever!
Zoe on North Road, using the area marked for parking …
Here’s our approximate route (Google Maps link). We left home at 9:30 and cycled over 4 miles.