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Having a young family can be a real barrier to cycling, and some parents can struggle to find a comfortable solution to cycling with toddlers in tow.

That’s why Easton resident Zoe Banks set up the East Bristol Kidical Mass project, inspired by the Kidical Mass movement which originated in Eugene, Oregon in 2008. When the Active Neighbourhood Transport Grants were advertised in the area, Zoe contacted the local Community Active Travel Officer from Travelwest. They approached the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre who had a pool of bikes located just next to the traffic free Bristol & Bath Railway Path.
Zoe saw an opportunity to increase use of these bikes and applied for funding to purchase a range of adaptions for carrying children including child bike seats, a trailer and the Dutch ‘Barrow Bike’. Funding was also used to train up ride leaders. Regular family rides are scheduled through the year and bring local families together. It’s a great opportunity to try out options for cycling with children before investing in these items.

Around half of the families that attend the rides come back again, so a real social environment is created. A number of the adults who have come along on the rides have taken up cycling for other journeys as Kidical Mass has introduced them to the joys of cycling.

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