Jubilee spirit rides through for new school cycle initiative

By on 29/05/2012 in News

Children from a local primary school are getting into the jubilee spirit by bike as part of a new cycling initiative.

School children at Penns primary school in Sutton Coldfield helped to launch the school aspect of Bike North Birmingham – a city council project.  As part of the launch the children decorated their bikes in union jack colours for the 'bling your bike' exercise which formed part of the kings and queens themed parade.

The group of schoolchildren tested one of the city council's new family treasure trails which have been created to encourage a family friendly route which runs along the New Hall Valley in Sutton Coldfield.

The Bike North Birmingham initiative works in partnership with Sustrans - an organisation that provides practical solutions to transport challenges.  Sustrans will provide experienced 'Bike It' officers who will help to run a variety of activities to promote cycling in schools as part of the project.  Cycle training will also be available to parents, staff and pupils.

Funding from the city council is being made available for new cycle storage in schools who sign up to become a Bike North Birmingham School.  The project is aimed at local schools across Erdington and Sutton and will run for the next four years.

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Notes to editors

Notes to editors
•    The City Council bid to the Government's new Local Sustainable Transport Fund for Bike North Birmingham last year and was awarded £4.1m in July 2011.
•    Bike North Birmingham intends to get more people cycling in and around the Erdington and Sutton Coldfield areas. Whether to school, the shops, work or to visit friends, Bike North Birmingham gives people an alternative option to car travel that is fun, healthier and cheaper.
•    Working directly with schools, local workplaces, rail stations and in our dedicated bike hubs, Bike North Birmingham will give practical advice, information and support; everything cyclists need to get bike smart and confident.  They will also deliver the infrastructure, developing existing dedicated cycle routes and creating more.
•    For more information about Bike North Birmingham email bikenorthbirmingham@birmingham.gov.uk or visit www.bikenorthbirmingham.org.uk

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