A few emails and phone calls later, a day was set for Laura Laker, the Guardian reporter and blogger to come and see the impact Bike It and cycle training can have on children cycling to John Bramston Primary School.
On the day of the visit the schools Bike It champions ran one of their popular bikers breakfasts with the help of other teaching staff and arranged a bike club skills sessions for Laura to come and observe.
The tables were set and toasters primed as some children waited at locked gates along with bikes, ready to come in. Todays breakfast attracted over 60 children for a morning feast of cereal, toast and juices (on a previous breakfast the school achieved nearer 100 children). Once finished and like a well oiled machine children headed for registration and the hall was tidied ready for school assembly
After completing formal introductions Laura began her interview in a relaxed style; listening to the Bike It champions, the children and one of the mums who has lived in the area all her life whose child is a regular cyclist. At one point Laura braved on coming riders to take a photo of their grandmothers footsteps game. Brave but confident the children could handle their bikes.
Laura and barry interviewMr Hooker, who also runs bike club activities on top of his site manager duties
Laura champ kids parent interviewBike club interview. Laura in the thick of things
See what the school had to say in the Guardian Blog here:
It’s great to hear what our schools have to say and to receive praise for the support and advice we offer as Bike It officers.
What next for the school? Well, they are keen to promote the continuing hard work they have been doing to promote cycling.
Over flowing bike shed breakfastWell over 60 bikes on a wet and cold day in February. Nothing unusual at John Bramston in Redbridge
Sharing what Bike it does from a schools perspective spreads the message, and helps other schools realise they too can make changes to encourage children to travel in a sustainable way.