Pupils at Bury St Edmunds primary schools celebrate a year of pedal power

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School

Pictured: Tilly Cockle, Rachael Snelling, Steve Carradine (Bike Life Project Officer) and Mia Eastwood on a dragon bike ANL-160803-083648009
Bike activity day at Howard Primary School Pictured: Tilly Cockle, Rachael Snelling, Steve Carradine (Bike Life Project Officer) and Mia Eastwood on a dragon bike ANL-160803-083648009

Pupils steered the course on a range of unusual bikes to help bring a year of pedal power themed activities to a close.

Primary schools in the Bury area - Howard, Westgate, Abbots Green, Hardwick, All Saints, Sebert Wood, Sexton’s Manor and St Edmundsbury - have increased the number of pupils cycling to school as part of the Bikelife project.

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083527009

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083527009

They have been celebrating their success with cycling activity days delivered by Outspoken training.

At Howard Primary, in St Olaves Road, (pictured) pupils and teachers tried out unusual bikes such as a tandem for five, a recumbent and bucket bike.

They also enjoyed cycle sprints on fixed bikes and a pedal powered disco. One pupil even learnt to ride during the session.

Louise Sparks, teaching assistant and cycle champion at Howard Primary, said: “The Bikelife day was a great success - lots of enthusiasm with children, teachers and parents all trying out the different activities and bikes on offer.”

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083201009

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083201009

Jim Cleaver, head at Westgate Primary, added: “Many more children than usual have taken to cycling to school, and for some this has proved to be a lasting behavioural change with them sustaining travel by bike throughout the cold winter months. For them this is now the norm - ‘it’s just how I get to school’.”

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083509009

Bike activity day at Howard Primary School ANL-160803-083509009