School signs up to cycling challenge
A BRIXHAM primary school has teamed up with cycling charity Sustrans to encourage more pupils to ride to school.
Both staff and pupils at Eden Park Primary will be taking part in a Dr Bike Clinic organised by the charity.
The aim of the campaign is to provide children with the skills and information necessary to allow them to take to two wheels for the journey to school on a regular basis.
The children will be invited to bring in their bikes to have them checked over by local bike mechanics.
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The school will also be hosting a Be Bright competition where pupils will be encouraged to cycle or scoot to school in their brightest and loudest clothes.
Head teacher Ken Kies said: "At Eden Park, sustainability has been high profile and children have been involved in all sorts of projects to raise awareness and to help protect the environment.
"Children compost waste, keep chickens, recycle a wide variety of materials, grow vegetables and of course try and encourage healthy and sustainable ways of travelling to school.
"Our bike shed is often full during the summer months and even I cycle to school most days. It is enjoyable and also sets a good example.
"The number of children coming by bike is still relatively low despite less than 50 per cent of families using the car. We are, therefore, keen to raise the profile of biking further."
Siobhan Grady, associate director of public health for NHS Torbay, said: "Cycling and scooting to school are great ways for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom. And let's not forget it's fun, too."