Year 6 pupils encouraged to try pedal power to get to local secondary schools

A group of Baileys Court Primary School pupils prepare to cycle to Bradley Stoke Community School.

Pupils from Baileys Court Primary School took part in bike rides to Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and Abbeywood Community School on Monday 15th June to help them learn the cycle routes ahead of the transition to secondary education in September.

Transition rides aim to build confidence and improve riding skills so pupils can travel independently to school. The rides are for pupils who have achieved their Bikeability cycle proficiency level 2 and are led by accredited Bikeability instructors.

As part of the ride, the pupils are shown where to secure their bike and safety gear at the new school, so there are no big surprises on the first day of term.

In total, 65 pupils from seven South Gloucestershire junior or primary schools including Baileys Court, Bowsland Green, Meadowbrook, Raysfield, St Michael’s, Stoke Lodge and The Ridge will be taking part in transition rides to their new secondary school.

Martina Byrne-Obee, road safety officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“These transition rides are aimed at encouraging students to think about how they can travel to their new school as well as showing them some of 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.

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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