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Students go back to school, by bike

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Published: 04/09/2012

Cyked launched last year with the aim of giving students the chance to hire one of 50 bikes to help them travel between the campuses of Patchway Community College, Bradley Stoke Community School, Abbeywood Community School and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton, who together form the Concorde Partnership.

The unique partnership between the four schools means that some students attend lessons at more than one site, and the Cyked scheme helps them get to the classroom on time using a network of purpose-built cycle routes between the schools. Others use the scheme for home to school travel and the scheme is open to teachers and teaching assistants as well.

Cyked user Rosa Eaton (pictured) from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, commented on why she likes using the use a loan bike scheme. She said: “If you can feel better, be thinner, be fitter and save money whilst getting places faster then why wouldn’t you?”

And Ryan O’Shea, 18, who attended Patchway Community College used a loan bike to get to his drama classes held at Abbeywood School. He said: “Cyked is a free, green way of getting from school to school and I also like the independence and using the bike for social activities.”

Bikes are available to hire for an entire academic year for just £30, with a helmet, lock and lights included in the fee. Students are encouraged to buy their own bikes following the loan period.

Cllr Brian Allinson, Chair of the Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said: “Cyked is proving to be popular among students who want to keep active in between lessons and give cycling a go as part of their daily routine. These loan bikes offer students a fast, safe and free way to get to classes as well as promoting fitness and wellbeing. ”

Cyked is part of the Cycling City project led by Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, who are working with Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset councils to promote cycling across the region.

More information about Cyked, including details of cycle routes between the schools, is available on the scheme’s website

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