School pupils race to a healthy life

Rollapaluza racing, BMX stunts and mountain bike training get young people enthused about bikes.

by Rebecca McIlhone   March 27, 2009  

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More than 800 school children in London have benefited from a week-long programme of cycling events organized by Sustrans.

The sustainable transport charity teamed up with Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust to arrange a week-long programme of cycling activities to inspire the borough’s children to be fit and healthy.

The week involved a series of events including mountain bike training, BMX stunt shows and today’s static bike race. Children have also been learning about the benefits of cycling for their health and the environment in classroom sessions.

Sustrans Bike It Officer James Scott said: “This week has acted as a great way to get as many pupils as possible saddling up as we approach spring time. Over the week we got around 800 pupils on their bikes.

“Cycling to school has so many benefits for pupils such as improved health, confidence and concentration as well as the obvious benefits for the environment in which they will grow up in.”

The Bike It project works with over 400 schools and over 60,000 children and young people across England and Wales. Ten schools in Tower Hamlets are involved.

For more information about Sustrans, visit the website: www.sustrans.org.uk