By Rebecca Duffett: A Stoke-on-Trent school has become the first in the region to be awarded a top cycling award.
Hillside Primary School in Badley has earned the Silver Cycling Award as part of the Sustrans bike initiative, which aims to promote safe and alternative ways for children to get to school.
The awards are judged on how many children are riding their bikes to school and what work is being done to encourage this.
A recent survey found that over half of students at Hillside were cycling or scooting in on a regular basis.
Sustrans spokesman Dave Clasby said: “We work with local authorities in particular, and schools and parents, with each school getting its own little package.”
Activities at Hillside are organised by teacher Kay Kirkham and include a Bike It Breakfast where children who cycle or ride a scooter to school are provided with a free meal. There are also links with British Cycling and the school’s Bike It Crew took part in the Halford’s Cycle tour last summer.
Mrs Kirkham said: “It makes me feel excited that the hard work and enthusiasm of Sustrans has encouraged children to want a bike again.”
In order for the school to move onto a Gold award they need to show that they’ve been running their own activities without help for at least a year.