A year ago, the school became involved with Sustrans Cymru and began the Bike It programme, which is designed to give children the information and skills they need to be able to cycle safely to school on a regular basis. Sustrans is a leading charity encouraging people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys. They work with hundreds of schools throughout the UK each year to encourage pupils to be more active, enabling thousands of children to travel actively and safely.
We began our journey (by bike of course), in May 2012. Skills Days for years 1 to 6 were followed by a visit from Dr Bike who came along to check bikes, fix faulty brakes, adjust seats and handlbars and to report any outstanding problems. This event was open to everyone and we had many grateful parents who now have roadworthy bikes to ride along with their children. In June we held a magnificent Jubilee Parade as part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
During the Autumn Term we continued to encourage our campaign by including scooters (as they appear to be the 'in' mode of transport), and we were lucky enough to be presented with a scooter pod which you will see alongside our bike racks. We had terrific festive fun with 'Bling your Bike' which saw bikes and scooters decorated with all kinds of tinsel, baubles and even fairy lights!
Spring Term saw the return of Dr Bike who ensured everyone's bike was ready for The Big Pedal 2013. This began with a fundraising SUPERHERO Day where we raised £108 for Sustrans. Pedal Power Smoothies (made and sold by Year 5) and a Bike Champions Skills Day (to ensure that our Bike Champion - Miss Thomas, is keeping us on the right track!) meant that exactly a year after beginning our campaign to stay out of the car and take a healthier journey to school, we have been awarded with The Bike It Bronze School Mark.
This isn't the end though! Our Bike It Crew continue to work hard encouraging everyone to take to their bikes. Since receiving the award we have held a Bike to School Week and Puncture Repair sessions for Year 6. More events are planned for the Autumn Term.