Cycling and walking to school
If you're new to cycling as a family, The Bikeability Trust have some really useful video's on their website to help you get started, with everything from fitting helmets to negotiating junctions.
Remember to give pedestrians and other cyclists plenty of space to allow for social distancing. Pass other riders and pedestrians as wide as is safely possible and avoid riding in the slipstream of someone who is not from your household.
Ensure that you can be seen and always be alert when you're out on the roads and don't forget to use your bell when cycling on shared use paths to pedestrians know that you're there.
Before setting off, always check that both your own bike and your child's bike are safe and ready to ride. The Sustrans M check video shows you how to do this.
As well as your bike, it's good to check that you're ready to go as well and make sure that anything you carry on the bike is secure - bike panniers are ideal!
Planning your route
Our Hereford mini map shows both traffic free paths (blue) and suggested quiet routes (orange) in the city. It's a good idea to check the mini map and plan your route before setting off. There are often plenty of alternative quiet routes to cycle on throughout the city.
We also have cycle routes and mini maps for Leominster and Ledbury.
Below are some suggested walking and cycling routes to a few different primary schools in Hereford:
19 mins from Wordsworth Road along quiet roads. This route could also be cycled, with a couple of short sections through alleyways where you'll need to walk with your bikes.
14 mins from Whittern Way to Hampton Dene Primary using the crossing on Ledbury Road. Same route can be used to get to St Pauls primary as well.
21 mins along the traffic free path through Belmont and crossing Belmont Road at the crossing. This route could also be cycled as majority of route is on traffic free or quiet roads.
5 mins cycle ride from Aconbury Avenue (just off Hoarwithy Road) utilising the shared use path along Holme Lacy Road. This route is an 18 minute walk.
10 mins cycle ride along residential streets, onto the Great Western Way and then along the shared use path on Holmer Road. This route is a 30 minute walk.
6 minute cycle from Attwood Lane along the shared use paths on Roman Road and Holmer Road. This route is a 19 minute walk.
Temporary infrastructure changes
During the Covid-19 restrictions there was less traffic on our roads so many people felt safer to walk and cycle. We would like this to continue and these measures will help make walking and cycling (active travel) a more attractive option for short and local journeys around town, including the school run. A number of schools, particularly in the market towns, now have extended 20mph zones surrounding them, helping to make walking and cycling safer. Please see our walking and cycling improvements page for more details.
Beryl bikes can be ridden for as little as 5p a minute, but there is a special back to school promotion happening at the moment meaning all rides up to 30 minutes (and end in a bay) are free.
Park and cycle
If you're travelling into Hereford from further out, check out our park and cycle scheme. There are a number of locations on the outskirts of the city when you can park your car free and then continue your journey to school by bikes (or Beryl Bike), making the most of the traffic free routes.
Both St Michael's Hospice in Hereford and EnvironAbility in Ross-in-Wye sell second-hand, refurbished bikes and also gratefully accept donations of unwanted bikes.
Walking - road safety
Our Road Safety team are here to support you and your child if you are thinking about walking to school instead of catching the bus or driving. The team offers:
- Year 1 and 2 – road safety lessons in the classroom
- Year 3 – pedestrian training: class lesson followed by 1 or 2 practical walks around the local area from the school gates.
- Year 6 transition lesson – preparing pupils for move to high school and independent travel.
If you and your school are interested in setting up a walking bus (crocodile) we can support you with route planning and equipment. Please contact Julie.Freeman@herefordshire.gov.uk
If you are walking with your child to school, why not sign up to Get Walking. It's a free, easy to use app that allows you to:
- Record your walking
- Track your progress and achievements
- Turn your everyday steps into progress along our inspiring virtual walking tours
There are also prizes to be won along the way! Visit http://www.herefordwalk.org/ to sign up.