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Pollute Less By Cycling More

We ran a poster competition for supported Bike It Schools. The theme was ‘Cycling and Air Pollution’.

Cycling is great for so many reasons: it makes you fit and keeps you healthy, it’s fun, and often quicker than other modes of transport. And it also doesn’t pollute the air we breathe.

Children in Bike It Plus schools all across London are well aware of this and we’re continuously amazed by how many choose two wheels for their journey to school. Well done!

To celebrate the great work everyone is doing we organised a poster competition for all Bike It Plus schools that are in the supported stage of the programme.

We thought long and hard about it, and decided for the theme of the competition to be ‘Cycling and Air Pollution’.

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Road traffic is the main source of air pollution in London and by choosing to cycle, scoot or walk to school everyone can help to clean up London’s air.

We were overwhelmed by the great response and the high number of posters we’ve received from supported Bike It Schools.

It really wasn’t easy to choose the winners, but in the end we were happy to send prizes to St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School in Brent, Cayley Primary School in Tower Hamlets and Central Park Primary School in Newham.

Have a look at the photos of some of the marvellous posters we’ve received. We hope you like them as much as we do. A big thank you to all children who took part!

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Salusbury Primary School pupils dazzle crowds at Queens Park Day

A group of Year 5 pupils from Salusbury Primary school put on an elaborate bike dance display in front of crowds at Queens Park Day.

 

Salusbury Primary School Bike Dance troupe
Salusbury Primary School Bike Dance troupe

 

In what has now become something of an annual tradition, pupils from Salusbury primary school were asked to asked by the organisers of the Queens Park Day festival to choreograph a bike dance.

The journey to Queens Park day began back in early summer before the summer holidays. A select group of cyclists from Year 5 volunteered to take part. After a few sessions of practicing in the school playground, learning advanced bike handling skills, the group went home to practice over the summer holidays.

In early September the group came back together to mould their now well-honed skills into a routine set to music. But what music to choose?

After some careful consideration, Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk was chosen as the perfect song to accompany the group’s bike moves.

The song is also good enough that nobody minded hearing it hundreds of times over during dress rehearsals!

A hectic week of practicing in the school playground led to the big day on Sunday 13th September. Queens Park Day is a large annual festival held in Queens Park in Brent and brings together the whole community with lots of shows, displays and stalls.

The park was busy and as 2pm drew near the crowds began to arrive at the bandstand. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife and feel the anticipation rippling through the crowd.

The Salusbury cyclists warmed-up, circling the bandstand, getting a feel for the new venue and going through their routines.

As the clock struck 2 it was time to go on. It was showtime…

A big congratulations has to go out to the Salusbury cyclists and their amazing performance. The crowd loved the display and I think only wished that it could go on longer! There is always next year.

 

London schools cycle to the moon and back. Twice!

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London Schools cycle to the moon and back. Twice!

Wow! March 2015 saw another massively exciting Big Pedal, both Nationally and in London.

The Big Pedal in London in numbers:

  • Total journeys: 211617
  • Child journeys (bike): 69569
  • Child journeys (scooter): 106339
  • Supporter journeys: 35709

London schools cycles over 560,000 miles which is more than 20 trips around the world!

Those cycling to school saved over 350,000 car journeys, £70,000 and 15,000 gallons of fuel.

Over 10 million calories were burned over the three weeks, the equivalent of 40,000 doughnuts!

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Pupils at Downsview Primary in Croydon enjoying the Big Pedal! Photo by Rox Hackwood

Read on for the results…..

London schools had their most successful year yet with 9 primary schools coming in the top 100 in the UK. Congratulations to Pope John RC School in Hammersmith and Fulham for topping the London league and coming 11th overall.

Equally as successful were our Secondary schools with all seven entrants coming in the top 50 nationally. Queens Park Community School in Brent took the title of London champs  coming 24th in the UK.

A special mention must also go to Priory School, an SEN school in Croydon who came second overall in the secondary school three day challenge. They worked hard to rack up the miles on static bikes and with laps of their playground.

A full list of results can be found here.

Well done to all that took part and the amazing Bike It Officers that made it happen!

By: Jo Hill, Programme Manager, Education & Health