While teaching Bikeability in primary schools I try to include local journeys to potential secondary schools or places of interest that the pupils can start to make with parental permission. In a perfect world schools would routinely make some local journeys by cycle, to inculcate an understanding of cycling as an everyday form of efficient transport.
Here's a journey that a teacher could make with a Year 4 or 5 class, supported by a couple of learning assistants. It's from a school just by Britain's busiest railway station in the centre of London to a new swimming pool on the Elephant and Castle unroundabout.
At the bottom you wait for a good gap in the traffic on Baylis Road or walk across the zebra crossing (just in front of the AA van below)
At the bottom, the class turns right into Morley Street
You then continue down the quiet King Edward Walk
and across Lambeth Road, either with a gap in the traffic or using the Zebra crossing, and through the gate into the park
You turn left towards the front of the Imperial War Museum
Past the big guns
and exit the park
Straight down towards the Elephant and Castle
Left at the end onto Brook Drive (CS7)
Right (just behind the new pool)
left into the park
and you've arrived in front of the pool.
That's not too hard is it? Zone One, Congestion Zone, Inner London. No sweat.