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Bike to School Week came to Cornwall and prizes were won by local schools

Penponds School were Cornwall’s lucky winners during National Bike to School Week. The initiative which aims to get more people on two wheels was organised by  Sustrans, Bikeablity and Cornwall Council.

Schools that took part in Bike to School Week were entered into a prize draw and Penponds School, near Camborne, was the lucky winner, winning £100 worth of bike accessories, with St Mary’s C of E, Truro runner up, winning £50 of kit.

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Cycling and other forms of active travel, like walking or scooting, are great options for getting to school, especially during the Covid crisis for health, environmental reasons and to aid social distancing. Bike to School week aimed to encourage more children and families to give it a to.

Paul Hooper, year 5/6 teacher at Penponds, said “The whole week raised the profile of walking or biking to school. I think it’s a brilliant initiative. It's inspired everyone at the school, parents and children, to think about how they get to school, and to consider the different choices they make.

“Especially at this time, when everyone is being asked to think about ways to be fit and healthy, cycling is more valuable than ever. It's great that children are introduced to it in a safe way at such a young age.

Wendy Chapman from St Mary’s said “The children were really enthused by actively travelling to school and were prompting parents to use a method other than the car.  Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse later in the week but there were still some hardy souls”

Sustrans is working with schools in selected towns in Cornwall to provide children with the skills and information necessary to allow them to take to two wheels (or two feet) for the journey to school on a regular basis.

Nick Ratcliffe, one of Sustrans’ Active Travel Officers, said: “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom.  And let’s not forget it’s fun, too!

“I’d like to say a great big well done to all the pupils who got involved with Bike to School Week and hope to see many of them continuing to choose to walk, cycle or scoot to school.”

During Bike to School Week, Sustrans officers delivered ‘Dr Bike’ safety checks on over 120 bikes that were cycled to school and delivered cycle skills to 60 pupils. The team has also created free resources to help pupils, parents and schools choose active travel. These can be downloaded from our Active Travel pages.