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Bling Your Bike events for young cyclists

Bath and North East Somerset Council's project ``Go By Bike`` has organised special festive ``Bling Your Bike`` events to encourage young people to use their bikes to get to and from schools.

More than 300 pupils are expected to take part in this event. More than 40 children at Marksbury Primary School on Friday 12 December, 250 children from St Martin’s Garden Primary School and Paulton Junior School on Wednesday 17 December and Friday 19 December respectively.

Council Cabinet Member for Transport Councillor Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge) said:”We’ve made big strides towards making cycling a more attractive transport option and the ‘Bling Your Bike’ events are met with great enthusiasm by the schools involved. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with them to make cycling a more interesting and exciting activity for young people and, ultimately, to improve health and cut congestion on the roads in the long term.

It’s vital to encourage young people to get more exercise and to use more sustainable methods of transport to go about their everyday activity. The number of children taking part reflects the increase in the number of young people cycling regularly to school. I hope schools that currently don’t take part are encouraged to do so in the future.

More information about Go By Bike

The Council’s Go By Bike campaign supports cycle training and classroom work on issues such as choosing safer routes, general road safety and the environment. It also complements work with parents adopting greener ways of getting their youngsters to school.

Staff, parents and teachers who are interested in promoting cycling in their school are encouraged to call Jim Imeson on 07530 263424 or email him at jim_imeson@bathnes.gov.uk for more information and advice.

Read the full story at Bath & North East Somerset Council website [opens in a new window]

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