Bikers' breakfast

Bikers' breakfast

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.

Offer cyclists a free breakfast on arrival at school to reward them and encourage others to get cycling by highlighting the benefits of active travel. 

Bikers' breakfasts also offers an opportunity to promote your school's other cycling initiatives and facilities such as cycling clubs, pool  bikes and scooters scheme and Dr Bike sessions.

Running the activity

This activity works well when introduced at the start of a school year or term, when people are more open to integrating active travel into their new daily routine. 

Involve your Junior or Youth Travel Ambassadors (JTA/YTA). With your guidance they can help with both the organisation and promotion of the breakfast, as well as serving it out on the day. You can also ask them to record the activity's success by counting the number of bikes parked at the school throughout the week of the breakfast.

What you’ll need

  • Healthy breakfast options. You could speak to your school's kitchen or borough officer about supplying or funding the breakfast
  • A table for the breakfast options and promotional materials. If possible, locate the table near the bike shed or in a prominent position. Add some balloons or flags to make it welcoming

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your pupils. Note how participants responded to the breakfast and how this helped you meet your targets
  • Add your story to the STARS website. Explain the activity, add photos and include your breakfast attendees' feedback. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials you have used

Photo: Gary Manhine

Activity steps

1
Get ready
Work with your JTA/YTA and school working group to help you plan and run the event
2
Promote your activity
Spread the word about the bikers' breakfast in your school's newsletter, on posters and in assemblies
3
Send invitations
Invite all pupils and staff to come along. Include a reply slip so you know how many people you will need to cater for
4
Prepare for breakfast
Set up a welcoming breakfast area decorated with banners and balloons and make sure you have healthy breakfast options to reward your cyclists
5
Check for success
Ask the cyclists who came for breakfast for their feedback. Did it encourage them to cycle? How could you improve the bikers' breakfast next time?
6
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website

Tags

  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Encourages interaction with other children
  • Promotes exercise as part of the daily routine
  • Gateway to other cycling initiatives

Resources

Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity