Parents for Pedal Power

Photo © Evening Standard

A group of enterprising parents, working with their local schools in the London suburb of Richmond and supported by a grant from Transport for London, have developed a bike sharing program for transporting their children to-and-from school. The bikes, all Dutch cargo bikes, are left at one of the schools and can be borrowed for short trips by participating parents. According to organizers, the bikes have been in constant use since the program’s inception.

The program, called “Parents for Pedal Power”, has been so successful that it won the Cycling Community Award from Transport for London. The award “recognises the vital role these initiatives play in making cycling open and accessible to all Londoners.”

See the MSNBC video coverage here.

6 Responses to “Parents for Pedal Power”

  • Chris from DE says:

    Why are the kids wearing helmet but not the moms? Silly silly silly….

  • Alan says:


    I’m not sure if you’re advocating for or against helmets?

    Could be a local ordinance. Here in California (not London), the law reads as follows:

    “(a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, or ride upon a bicycle as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standard), the Snell Memorial Foundation’s Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling, or the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM F-1447 standard). This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.”


  • Chris from DE says:

    Howdy Alan,

    Sorry, I was advocating for wearing helmets as a matter of safety, as well as a a way to model safe behavior for one’s kids. It seems hypocritical to make the kids wear helmets and then hop on the bike with a naked head.

    Switching subjects — I really enjoyed your post from a few days ago where you talked about your love for bike commuting primarily because it is FUN. I ride my bike to work 3 days a week and I strongly agree with you. Yes, it is more work to pack my lunch and extra clothes and load the bike and get the shoes…etc., but then I get to go “wheeee” for 30 minutes before getting to the office. That “wheee” is worth a lot to me.

  • Alan says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve always worn a helmet and generally support helmet use, but the data coming out of Denmark and the Netherlands suggests bicycle safety has more to do with well-developed cycling infrastructure and widespread bicycle use than helmets (cycling fatalities per km cycled are quite low there, even though very few people wear helmets). That said, here in the U.S. we have neither a well-developed cycling infrastructure or widespread bicycle use, so I’ll continue to wear a helmet and support helmet laws for kids.

    Thanks for the kind words – I’m glad you enjoyed the post from the other day. I think more people would consider bike commuting if they knew how much fun it is and how many other benefits go along with it.

    Take care,

  • DrMekon says:

    Reading a few pieces on these mums, it does appear that they’ve managed to bag 3 free Cargobikes. Impressive.

  • meli says:

    wat a lovely pic!

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