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Making the case for protected bike routes - heartwarming images of kids cycling safely through Central London from yesterday's Kidical Mass event...

Need some cheering up?

We have just the thing - some heart-warming images of families with children as young as five enjoying Central London’s new protected bike lanes – showing anyone can cycle when it's safe.

The photos were taken by cycle campaigner, doctor and parent, Ruth-Anna Macqueen, at yesterday’s Kidical Mass, a family-focused mass ride to promote safe cycling for families.

Yesterday, around 50 people took part in the ride, half of whom were kids, riding right through the heart of Central London, separated from lorries and buses.

Kidical Massive: global bike ride for...you guessed it

Macqueen told road.cc: “This was totally different to any other led ride I've organised – it was so relaxed and enjoyable!

"The children absolutely loved the freedom of the cycle tracks and not having to be shouted instructions at every few minutes - in contrast to the un-protected routes we took to get there. Kids as young as five were able to ride the whole length from Shadwell to St James's Park. One five year old managed to ride all the way from Walthamstow and back again!"

Kids cycled across Parliament Square, something that few parents would have braved even a few months ago.

This toddler led the family, despite tired legs…

Kids on bikes cycled safely separately from lorries

Macqueen says there are people from Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Romania in this image alone.

She said: “It was also brilliant to have families who originate from countries all over the world coming together - including many from countries in mainland Europe where protected lanes are commonplace."

This one is our favourite – the father and daughter riding hand in hand.

A close second is this guy roller skiing…

There's something you don't see every day.

We think you’d struggle to find a better argument for physically separated, protected bike infrastructure than these images.