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Bikelife Suffolk finishes runner up in Modeshift Awards 2016

This week the Bikelife Suffolk school cycling project received national recognition by finishing runner up in the ‘best sustainable travel initiative – Education’ category in this year’s Modeshift Awards 2016.

Over 12 months, Outspoken Training on behalf of Suffolk County Council, worked with 8 primary schools across Bury St Edmunds to create a better cycling culture within the schools and local community. The project aimed to change behaviour in how children and parents travelled to school by providing support and assistance over the duration of a year.

Children, parents and school staff participated in a variety of pedal-powered and cycling related activities including cycle try out shows, bike maintenance training, pedal-powered scalextrics and Bikeability training. This led to some fantastic results:

  • A 270% increase in the number of pupils cycling to school at least once a week
  • 119 pupils learnt how to ride for the first time
  • 934 bikes were serviced using Dr Bike maintenance sessions
  • 100 junior bike mechanics were created through maintenaince lessons
  • 224 Year 5 pupils enjoyed Bikeability Level 1 & 2 training
  • 80% of parents said they now cycle more as a family


Steve Harradine, one of the Bikelife project officers said:

"The real reward was making a difference to all those children and families. It truly was a team effort from Outspoken Training, Suffolk County Council and the 8 primary schools. It just shows with cooperation between companies, what a shared vision, purpose and belief can achieve." 

In addition to the project’s success, Louise Sparks, a school cycling champion from Howard Primary School, also won the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ at this year’s St Edmundsbury Sports Awards for the amazing work and dedication she put into promoting cycling throughout the project.

Congratulations to everyone involved and we hope everyone is enjoying the lasting success. Happy cycling!

See the project in action: Bikelife Suffolk Flickr Album

Outspoken run whole school projects for a variety of local authorities. For more information, please visit our designated Bikelife web page

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