Scooters and bikes to help ease congestion at school

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A school in Kilburn has bought 15 bikes and 10 scooters for pupils to help ease traffic problems.

Kilburn Junior School bought the equipment with a Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant following problems around school start and finish times.

Pupils will also be using the gear to travel to school and 
also as part of their ‘Go-Go’ (Get out and Get on) project to encourage healthier lifestyles.

And police have been supporting the initiative this week by security marking all the equipment.

PC Neil Hopwell, of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We think this is a great project for the school which will not only encourage youngsters to use their bikes and enjoy riding, but also offers them the skills and advice they need to stay safe.

“I also hope that youngsters will be encouraged to use them as a more sustainable way to travel to and from school, which could in turn help to ease local traffic concerns.”

As part of the project youngsters are offered learn to ride sessions. They also take part in Bikeability training, and 70 youngsters have now completed level two. The equipment is also being used by the school during sports days, for a weekly after-school cycle club, and were also included in the school’s summer fair.

Robert Hull, deputy headteacher at Kilburn Junior School, said: “Cycling has a high profile in Britain and provides health and environmental benefits both now and later in life.

“Our aim is to ensure that every child at our school can ride safely.

“We have seen both youngsters and their parents really embrace the project.”