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Cycling isn't practical for people with children

“Cycling isn't a practical transport option when you have children”

The response

This is generally a problem of public infrastructure, as children generally don't have a problem cycling!

Most children rightly see a bicycle as providing freedom, and Dutch and Danish experience shows that it is common for kids to be able to cycle significant distances from a young age.

The reason most people think it is too hard to ride somewhere with children is because there is insufficient provision of safe places to cycle. Areas with high volumes of cycling invariably have safe places to do so – off-road paths, protected cycle lanes, separation from motor traffic, etc.

Dutch families cycling safely at a busy urban junction

Dutch families cycling safely at a busy urban junction

Source: The Alternative Department for Transport (Copyright, used with permission)

The children in this photo are too young to have taken their school cycling lessons, yet are already cycling to and from school.

The children in this photo are too young to have taken their school cycling lessons, yet are already cycling to and from school.

Source: The Alternative Department for Transport (Copyright, used with permission)

family shopping by bike assen

Source: As Easy as Riding a Bike (Copyright, used with permission)