PUPILS have used their pedal power to help their schools ride to cycling success.
Biddick Hall Junior School, South Shields and Fellgate Primary School, Jarrow, have both picked up biking accolades.
The Bronze School Mark Award was presented by cycling charity Sustrans at South Shields Town Hall.
Both schools have increased the number of pupils using their bikes to get to and from school as part of the Schools Go Smarter programme.
Peter Gulbrandsen Sustrans schools officer for South Tyneside said: “These two schools have made incredible progress over the last year. It’s impressive to see so many children regularly cycling to school. Pupils, parents and staff are all very supportive.”
The Schools Go Smarter scheme supports schools and pupils in developing sustainable transport initiatives that promote the benefits of walking, cycling and using public transportation to get to and from school.
Sustrans worked with staff and pupils at the schools to encourage more students and parents to use their bikes. Activities at the schools included healthy Bike Breakfasts, regular Bike Clubs, Skills/Safety sessions and led rides.
Pupils also took part in Sustrans’ ‘Big Pedal’ School Challenge with Biddick Hall Junior School claiming the top spot in the North East.
For information about cycling activities, email SustransNE@sustrans.org.uk, or phone 261 6160.
For information about Schools Go Smarter, visit www.gosmarter.co.uk/schools.