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Bikeability Plus pilots lead to 151% increase across 13 schools!

As the Summer term comes to a close schools 13 primary schools across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough are reflecting on the huge success of the Bikeability Plus projects that have been running over the past 6 weeks.

Over 2600 people were engaged with the project and the results were amazing. The percentage increase in the number of pupils cycling to school at least once a week were:

  • Cambridgeshire 141% (101 pupils to 243 pupils)
  • Northamptonshire 208% (45 pupils to 139 pupils)
  • Peterborough 129% (68 pupils to 156 pupils)
  • Total 151% (214 pupils to 538 pupils)

 

Overall an additional 324 pupils were enthused about cycling and chose to get on their bikes and ride to school. No wonder the feedback we have received along the way has been so positive:

The profile of cycling in the school has raised considerably as a result of the project. It is lovely to see the bike racks full and on some days overflowing with no room to park bikes as children are wanting to ride into school” – Gurjit Virk, Head at Bozeat Primary school.

Really excellent initiative. My son gained his confidence and rode unaided on two wheels for the first time. He is feeling very proud of himself and we can now cycle as a family, Superb!” – Parent of Bikeability Plus pupil

The weekly project activities also created:

  • Over 350 pupils from foundation year having fun on balance bikes developing balance and co-ordination on two wheels
  • Over 220 pupils learnt to ride a bike for the very first time
  • Over 150 pupils from year 5&6 enjoyed bike maintenance lessons learning how to fix a puncture

 

The impact on each school has been amazing and successful in its aims of changing behaviour in how people travel to school. Thanks goes to Northamptonshire Highways, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council for funding and supporting us with delivering these fantastic projects.

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