A MASS bike ride to support safer streets is set to take place on Saturday.
Critical Mass bike ride, a community-driven initiative, is set to take place in support of the 'Safe Streets Now' national day of action.
Bike Worcester, a local group endeavouring to make cycling safer and more convenient in the city, is backing this initiative.
The ride starts at 10.15am at Cafe Viaduct, parents, children, and residents will cycle through a route encompassing four primary schools - Stanley Road, St. George's RC, Oldbury Park, culminating at Honeywell.
The campaign calls for the government to institute 'school streets' and establish safe pedestrian and cycling routes to all primary and secondary schools.
Event organiser, Al Pagan, said: "We continue to call for the county council to introduce cost-effective 'school streets' outside Stanley Road Primary School and St Georges RC Primary School.
"Everyone is welcome to join in all or part of the bike ride this Saturday.
"It's a lot of fun to ride together safely as a group and shows what can be achieved."
The 'Safe Streets Now' campaign, an alliance of community groups from across the UK and has support from road safety organisations.
Alongside Bike Worcester they propose, among other measures, the establishment of a default 20mph speed limit in built up areas.
They are also urging the local government to set aside 10 per cent of highway expenditure for infrastructure suited to walking, wheeling, and cycling.
Isabelle Michel, a bike bus volunteer for St Georges RC Primary school bike bus, said: "We have seen Bike Buses across the city growing in popularity.
"Parents and children want safe routes.
"No-one wants to see children injured or have near misses on their way to school.
"The evidence across Europe shows that the more support and infrastructure available for cycling, the more people make a safe choice to cycle, improving the environment for everyone.
"St Georges RC Primary School is in the process of applying for a School Street Scheme so this event is very timely and will raise awareness of the issue, locally and nationally."
Bike Worcester invites new members from all segments of the community.
Additional information can be found at www.bikeworcester.org.uk/school-streets and www.bikeworcester.org.uk.