Bradley Stoke pupils try out pedal power for getting to secondary school

Pupils leave Meadowbrook Primary on their transition ride to BSCS.

Starting secondary school can be a great opportunity for young people to travel independently to school and pupils in Bradley Stoke have been busy preparing for this by taking part in a series of guided ‘transition rides’.

Pupils who have achieved their Bikeability level 2 were offered transition rides to help them build their skills in riding the route to their new secondary school ready for the start of term in September. As part of the ride they are shown where to secure their bike and helmet so there are no big surprises on the big day.

On Monday 7th July, pupils from Meadowbrook Primary School took part in a ride to Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), while others from Wheatfield Primary School rode to BSCS and Patchway Community College later the same day.

Pam Williams, road safety officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“The transition rides are aimed at encouraging students to think about how they can travel to their new school as well as showing them the benefits of cycling. The council’s Bikeability accredited instructors try out a couple of different routes to and from school with the students to help boost their skills ready for when the time comes to make that all important journey to their new secondary school.”

Transition rides have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Active Travel to school project. Strong links between primary and secondary schools has ensured that more pupils have taken part this year, with seven secondary schools across South Gloucestershire getting involved compared to just two last year.

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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