Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Cycling Award for Coton Primary School

Coton Church of England Primary School will receive an award from charity Sustrans tomorrow, Thursday, after increasing the number of pupils travelling by sustainable transport.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Hardwick, Fiona Whelan, will present the Bronze Bike It School award, recognising the schools commitment to cycling. Students will also benefit from a free Bikers Breakfast and a Dr Bike session to provide maintenance checks to their bikes.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, have been working closely with the school from 2010. Since then the school has seen the number of children cycling to school increase by around 13%, reaching up to 35% during cycle to school events.

The Bike-It projects are being funded from the County Council's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programme. This includes a range of measures aimed at 'Getting Cambridgeshire to work and school' by sustainable transport modes.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Martin Curtis, the County's cycling champion said: "It's great news, that Coton Primary School won this award and increased the number of students cycling to school. Children who cycle are healthier and can concentrate better in class. We hope to continue to increase the number of students cycling and congratulate them on their award."

Thursday, 28 February also marks the start of a three week cycle to school competition run by Sustrans known as 'The Big Pedal'. Children, parents and teachers across the UK are being encouraged to get on their bikes and scooters for the school run. Last year over 950 schools took part, from Cornwall to the Highlands, Belfast to East Anglia. The combined efforts of children all over the country travelled a total of 1,140,075 miles saving 59,021 gallons of fuel, equating to £368,484.

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans Chief Executive, said: "The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles - the perfect distance to walk or cycle. Every year The Big Pedal helps tens of thousands of families rediscover the fun and freedom of cycling to school, getting fit and saving money at the same time. Evidence shows that children cycling to school regularly are more active and better learners - it's time for us all to get on our bikes!"

To get your school involved in the Big Pedal go to: http://bigpedal.org.uk/