Police grant funds school balance bikes

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Schools in Amber Valley are gearing up to receive specialist balance bikes following a police funding grant.

A Police Mutual Assurance Society grant of £500 has been awarded to the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team to buy a number of PediBal ‘3-in-one’ bikes.

The specialist bikes can be used initially as a balance bike and then as a pedal bike to help children master the art of cycling, and support learning of basic bike skills in school, with the long term aim of reducing school run traffic by encouraging youngsters to cycle.

They will first be used by youngsters at Lons Infant School work to help them 
towards achieving a Modeshift STARS award, a national initiative which encourages safe and sustainable travel for pupils and parents.

PC Neil Hopwell of the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team applied for the funding.

He said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the grant to support the sustainable school travel initiative in the Amber Valley.

“The funding will 
provide bikes for pupils across the area to use which we hope will encourage more youngsters to learn how to cycle, and inspire them to consider more active ways to get to and from school.”

The Police Mutual Assurance Society is a not-for-profit financial services organisation for police officers and staff.

They run an annual Force for Good national community sponsorship scheme.