Big Bike Shed Launch at school in Ilford!

Last Friday saw the launch of two brand new bike shelters at SS Peter and Pauls Catholic Primary school in Ilford!

Cable Locks for sale, maps and leaflets for free!
Cable Locks for sale, maps and leaflets for free!

52 cyclists turned out for the event, which included free tyre pumping by the Junior Travel Ambassadors, a free breakfast of brioche, fruit and madeira cake (ooh fancy!) for every cyclist, an ‘I Love Bike’ badge for every cyclist and quality cable locks on sale for a bargain £2 a pop!

30 locks were sold in a flash and we’ve had to put another order in!

The school have just become a very keen new Bike It Plus school, having never promoted cycling before. The first step for them was to install two beautiful bike shelters, with designs by the children on the sides of them.

One of the winning designs
One of the winning designs
The second winning design!
The second winning design!
Mrs Johnson gives a speech
Mrs Johnson gives a speech for the official opening

With the shelters packed full of bikes and an audience of parents, children and staff, the head teacher Mrs Johnson gave a rousing speech, thanking the London Borough of Redbridge who paid for the new sheds. Andy Casson, the Borough Cycling Programme Manager, came along to join in with the proceedings. Mrs Johnson then cut the big gold bow to symbolise the official opening of the shelters, to a round of applause!

The school have set up a very popular Learn to Ride bike club with the help of their Bike It Officer Lucy, which runs every Thursday with around 15 children attending each week. Nearly all of them are now merrily riding around the playground!

Cutting the Golden Bow!
Cutting the Golden Bow!
Head Mrs Johnson, Mrs Anness and Lucy, on the Redbridge Cargo Bike!
Head Mrs Johnson, Mrs Anness and Lucy, on the Redbridge Cargo Bike!
yummy breakfast for cyclists
yummy breakfast for cyclists

Next up for SS Peter and Pauls is a Dr Bike session in January and fingers crossed a continuing rise in the cycling culture at this very positive and welcoming school.

Special thanks go to the lovely Mrs Anness for her hard work supporting Bike It activities at the school, and Kim and Bridie who help run the Bike Club.