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School children try out pedal power to get to secondary school

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Published: 03/07/2014

Starting secondary school can be a great opportunity for young people to travel independently to school and pupils in South Gloucestershire are busy preparing for this by taking part in transition rides.

Pupils who have achieved their Bikeability level 2 have been offered transition rides to help them build their skills in riding the route to their new secondary school ready for the start of term in September. As part of the ride they are shown where to secure their bike and helmet so there are no big surprises on the big day.

Pupils from Meadowbrook Primary School, in Bradley Stoke will be taking part in a transition ride to Bradley Stoke Community School led by accredited Bikeability instructors. Also taking part are Wheatfield Primary School to Bradley Stoke Community School and Patchway Community College, and The Ridge Primary School who will be travelling to Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate International Academy.

The following schools have already taken part:
St Stephen’s Primary to Mangotsfield Secondary School
Baileys Court Primary to Bradley Stoke Community School
Abbeywood School and Winterbourne Academy.

Pam Williams, road safety officer, said: “The transition rides are aimed at encouraging students to think about how they can travel to their new school as well as showing them the benefits of cycling. The council’s Bikeability accredited instructors try out a couple of different routes to and from school with the students to help boost their skills ready for when the time comes to make that all important journey to their new secondary school.”


Transition rides have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Active Travel to school project.  Strong links between primary and secondary schools has ensured that more pupils have taken part this year. Last year two secondary schools took part and this year we have been able to offer transition rides to seven secondary schools.

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