‘Bike It U Can 2’ video is released!

Graduation pic 2A fantastic video of the ‘Bike It U Can 2’ project has been made and has now been released on the Sustrans website.

‘Bike It U Can 2’ has been running in various boroughs across London since 2010, with Bike It Officer James Scott originally starting off the project in the borough of Tower Hamlets.  The project is aimed at teaching parents of children at ‘Bike It Plus’ schools to learn to cycle – providing them with the confidence, skills and equipment they need to start cycling (including a bike which they get to keep at the end of the course!)  To show the inspiring results we made a short video with the enthusiastic parents at two of the London schools we have worked in – St Mary Magdalene Primary School in Westminster and Snaresbrook Primary School in South Woodfood.

Realising that many primary school children couldn’t cycle to school without their parents alongside them was an issue that needed to be addressed if we are to make cycling to school the norm for the surrounding school communities. We also wanted to reach out to communities where people had not had the opportunities to learn to cycle before, which led us to schools in very diverse communities, and to parents from very mixed backgrounds.

Watch the video here on you tube here:

Or view it with  a blog on the Sustrans website at:

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/parents-overcome-challenge-being-left-behind-their-cycling-children

More updates to follow soon, as the project has just recently started running again in Tower Hamlets! Watch this space!

Jo Hopkinson, Bike It Officer (Tower Hamlets and Haringey)

Record Levels attend Bike It Breakfast in South West London

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Brand new Bike It School; St John Fisher in the Borough of Merton saw 160 pupils cycle or scoot to school for their first launch event. We had a bike powered smoothie maker, cycle skills on the school playground and a free raffle, all before the school day had even started! It was great to see so many parents mingling together over breakfast. This just goes to show that the cold weather will not hold back our London Bike It schools! A huge thank you to everyone who attended and especially to the staff at St John Fisher who made this event possible.

Teacher training day for Merton and Wandsworth

Bike It schools from both boroughs (Merton and Wandsworth) sent one to two representatives each for the whole day to Southfields Academy. The idea behind the training days are to build the confidence of the school staff, broaden understanding of Bike It and develop skills to deliver activities.
The day consisted of:
1) Over coming cycle barriers
2) How Bike It can help with your School Travel Plan
3) We had special guests; Jane from Wandsworth Council, Kate from TFL and Anthony from Greenwich
4) How to deliver Cycle Skills on the school playground
5) Different cycle resources available i.e the smoothie bike and the bike electric generator
6) School Bike It Mark and how to work towards the award
7) The ‘M’ check (a way of checking a bike is safe to ride)
8) Ideas exchange and networking with other school champions

A huge thank you to everyone who attended
Teacher Training Day

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Bike It Crew applications

A Bike It Crew is the pupil voice of any Bike It school, typically this group is made of three year fives and three year sixes. The Crew will help the school Champions and Bike It Officer in organising and promoting events, presenting assemblies, important decision making and weekly bike counts.

We ask the pupils to apply by making a poster about ‘why they should be part of the Bike It Crew’ and what they can bring to the team. Jackie Nolan and Mr Caicedo (Bike It Champions pictured below) at Albermarle Primary in Wandsworth are having to make the difficult decision of choosing the strongest applications, Mr Caicedo will then take pupils through a small interview to make a final decision.

Looking through the Bike It Crew applications
Jackie Nolan and Mr Caicedo Looking through the Bike It Crew applications

Good luck to those applying!

British Cycling Award Brent Bike It Schools

Two Brent Bike It Schools were awarded with Official Team GB Olympic Skin Suits.

Children and from St Joseph’s Junior and Oakington Manor cycled together to  receive the prizes at Brent Civic Centre, with Head Teacher Mark Betts from St Joseph’s Junior, Will Scott Teacher/Bike It Champion from  Oakington Manor Primary,and Ruth Chiat,  Bike It Officer Brent. 

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These awesome prizes are awarded in recognition of the schools fantastic acheivements in cycling during the Brent Sky Ride program. Both schools saw an unprecedented number of participants who came in connection with the schools, including Teaching Staff, Head Teachers and Bike It Champions. One of the rides they took part in was 20 miles long!