Riddings pupils are scooter commuters

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Pupils and parents at Riddings Infant School have been teaming up with police to encourage more active and environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.

PCSO Richard Plant from the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Team and Rob Bounds from Derbyshire County Council’s sustainable travel team teamed-up to help stage a monster cycle and scooter ride.

The pair were joined by around 80 children, teachers, parents, and carers, at Riddings Park for a monsters cycle and scooter ride to Riddings Infant and Nursery School.

The children all wore high visibility vests thanks to a donation from Specsavers so that they could be safely seen on their journey.

On arrival at the school, PCSO Plant security marked 27 bikes and scooters to help deter thieves, before delivering a Monster Move presentation to the whole school to help reinforce the message of making more active and safer journeys to school.

He said: “It has been great to work alongside Rob Bounds of the Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council to encourage the children to take part in the scheme which is all about highlighting the benefits of active travel.

“The children have really enjoyed getting involved and it was fantastic to see parents and carers joining us for our monster ride into school.”

Rob Bounds from Derbyshire County Council said: “It was a great turn which has really inspired parents and pupils to think about using this route as a way of getting to school that avoids using the car and is also in itself in a traffic free environment.

“There is already thoughts and discussion about how parents could organise among themselves to make this a regular activity which is great to see.”

To speak to the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, or send them a message online using the Contact Us section of the website at www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

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