Pupils on their bikes for prizes

Francesca, Carly and Alex showing off their new bikes with support from their mums.
Francesca, Carly and Alex showing off their new bikes with support from their mums.

SEVEN schools who work with charity Sustrans to encourage kids to cycle to school have awarded prizes to lucky pupils.

Throughout the summer term, children took part in a ‘Wheely Wednesdays’ competition, which saw pupils receive a raffle ticket each time they cycled to school on a Wednesday.

These were then entered into a prize draw to win cycling related goodies, including bikes.

After the prize draw eight-year-old Carly Gibb from Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth, Alex Jones, aged nine, from Bede Academy Primary, also Blyth, and five-year-old Joshua Taylor, from Bedlington West End First School, were the lucky winners of brand new bikes.

Sustrans Bike It officer Richard Rothwell has been working with the schools.

The ‘Wheely Wednesdays’ competition is just one initiative they have used to encourage children on to two wheels.

He said: “The children have put in so much hard work this term, the result has been fantastic.

“Rewarding the children with prizes made sure we ended a fantastic year on a real high.”

The schools made nearly 3,000 journeys by bike over the summer term, with an average of 20 per cent of pupils cycling in to school each Wednesday; much higher than the national average of just two per cent of children that cycle to school.

Morpeth Road Primary in Blyth made the most journeys, with an average of 120 pupils cycling to school each week.

The school has been awarded a bike tool kit and a bike has been awarded to one lucky pupil, nine-year-old Francesca Wilson.

The schools that participated were: Horton Grange Primary; Bedlington West End First; Bedlington St Bede’s Primary; Bede Academy Primary; Morpeth Road Primary; Holywell First School and Seghill First School.