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  • Party time for pupils who helped promote active lifestyle

    Danielle Thompson

    A PARTY was held to reward 60 youngsters from schools across Sefton who have been promoting cycling, scooting and walking to school.

    Sustrans, a national charity which helps more people to walk and cycle every day journeys, held the party for children and teachers from 15 schools in Sefton at the Bliss Hotel on The Promenade, Southport. 

    At the event, children from Our Lady of Lourdes in Southport presented their findings from their street survey to representatives of Sefton Council, highlighting the changes they think would make the roads around their school easier and safer to use, while Birkdale Primary children revealed their continuing calendar of cycling activities.

    Youngsters from Holy Trinity Primary in Southport, which has low levels of bike ownership, described how their Year 5 project to build balance bikes means everyone has the chance to learn how to ride. 

    Sustrans schools officer Amanda Dufresne said: “Sefton schools set a great example to other schools across the country, with some schools getting over half of their pupils cycling, walking or scooting their journeys. We’re looking forward to a record turnout for this year’s Big Pedal competition, which is a great chance for schools to try out cycling and walking and get the chance to win prizes.”

    The Big Pedal 2019 runs from Monday, March 25 to Friday, April 4 and will see pupils, parents and teachers across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school.


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