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Children encouraged to get on their bikes in ‘thrilling’ day

The children were absolutely thrilled, and it was great, because the weather was lovely.
The children were absolutely thrilled, and it was great, because the weather was lovely.

Children at a South Tyneside school got on their bikes as part of a day of activities encouraging them to get in the saddle.

Pupils at West Boldon Primary School learned about the importance of sustainable transport.

West Boldon Primary School children learn about bike safety, using sustainable transport and staying healthy as part of a day on their bikes.

West Boldon Primary School children learn about bike safety, using sustainable transport and staying healthy as part of a day on their bikes.

Mark O’Keefe, a Bike It officer for green transport charity Sustrans, visited the Hindmarch Drive school to help the children get more confident on their bikes, encourage them to cycle more often and teach them about road safety awareness.

Sustrans aims to help people choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys.

Fiona Williams, key stage one lead at the school, said: “Mark came in and talked to the children about the importance of using sustainable transport, staying healthy and keeping fit.

“He also helped the children who were still using stabilisers to get more confident on their bikes, as they are at an age now when they will be ready to ride a bike without them.

The children were absolutely thrilled, and it was great, because the weather was lovely

Fiona Williams, Key Stage 1 lead at West Boldon Primary School

“The children were absolutely thrilled, and it was great because the weather was lovely.

“They all came into school really excited, and they seemed to enjoy the day.

“The parents were all very keen about the event as well.

“Mark himself was also really thrilled and couldn’t believe how many of the children had brought in their bikes and engaged with it so much. He also taught them about things like helmet safety, and they were thrilled.”

Sustrans works with people in an attempt to enable them to travel by foot, bike or public transport for everday journeys.

Its vision is that, by 2020, four out of five local journeys will be made by one of those methods.