Travelling to and from school

Cycling and scooting

Cycling to school is one of the easiest ways to get exercise into the daily routine. With the right equipment, cycling is suitable for most people of different ages and abilities.

It's a low-impact form of exercise, which means it helps you get fitter but is gentle on your joints. Exercising in the morning can help you feel happier and concentrate more.

To help with planning the school journey a cycle map is also available. This shows all of the recommended cycle routes in South Tyneside with many of these connecting into the schools.

To download a copy of the map, see:

If you would like to request a paper copy of the map please email the Strategic Transport Team at

When cycling to school, it is important that school children use the following safety measures:

  • Children must wear cycle helmets at all times
  • Always make sure that your child's bike has the correct lights, bell and reflectors on it
  • Hi-vis fluorescent, reflective vests or jackets should also be worn to make sure that the child is visible by traffic and pedestrians during both the day, and at night

To encourage more children to cycle to school, the Council undertakes Bikeability Training. This is a programme delivered by qualified instructors and designed to give young people the road skills required to make independent bike journeys.

A number of our schools have a range of cycle and scooter parking for visitors and staff.

If you have any questions or queries about the cycle storage facilities at schools, please feel free to contact the school and a member of staff will be able to assist.