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Bikelife Suffolk Project Ends On A High!

For the past 12 months children from 8 schools in Bury St Edmunds have enjoyed being part of Outspoken Training's cycling to school initiative ‘Bikelife’.

Thanks to funding from Suffolk County Council, each school took part in a variety of cycling activities which, whilst being fun, were designed to create a better cycling culture within the school and local community and to change behaviour in how children and parents travelled to school.

Pupils from Abbots Green, All Saints, Hardwick, Howard, Sebert Wood, Sexton’s Manor, St Edmundsbury and Westgate all worked hard throughout the year and overall the schools managed to increase the number riding to school at least once a week by over 270%. Throughout the year the project achieved:

  • Over 100 pupils learnt how to ride for the first time

  • Over 900 bikes were serviced using Dr Bike maintenance sessions

  • 100 junior bike mechanics were created through maintenaince lessons

  • Over 220 Year 5 pupils enjoyed Bikeability Level 1 & 2 training

In additon to this over 1150 pupils, teachers and parents took part in the end of project activity days giving them all the chance to try out some pretty unusual bikes or power up the disco using pedal power. They also enjoyed competing against each other with the Cycle Sprint challenge.

The local press were keen to publish the project success along the way and share the fantastic news with the local community. Well done to all the pupils, teachers and parents for making this project such a success!!!

Bikelife Suffolk Flickr Album

Bury Free Press news article

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