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Bike It schools in Luton

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Since 2007, 25 Bike It schools in Luton have been adopting cycling and scooting as part of the culture of the school.

Cycling is included in lessons and fun activities throughout the year and the schools actively encourage cycling and scooting to school. 

 

Bike It

Luton has a Bike It Officer who is employed by Sustrans, a long established national charity which promotes sustainable transport. Luton Borough Council receive a grant to fund the Bike It Officer. The Bike It Officer works with schools, parents, the local authority, local health and all other organisations that support cycling locally to make cycling part of the everyday travel plan for school children.

To become Bike It schools, Headteachers have to draw up cycling policies for their school and provide a member of staff who will be the Bike It Champion. The Bike It Champion will work closely with the Bike Officer to arrange fun and education activities and events such as Bikers Breakfasts, Playground Bike and Scooter skills, Map reading, bike maintenance and family bike rides.

For the 2016/17 Academic Year, Luton Borough Council secured funding to promote cycling on and close by the Luton to Dunstable Busway path. This path runs next to the Busway from the Galaxy Centre in Luton to Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

The schools which are being fully supported by the Bike It Officer this year are:

  • Downside Primary
  • Ferrers Junior
  • Foxdell Junior
  • St Matthews Primary
  • Surrey Street Primary

The schools which are also being supported but are quite self- sufficient are:

  • Ramridge Primary
  • Southfield Primary
  • St Martin de Porres RC Primary
  • Sundon Park Junior
  • The Meads Primary

Accreditation- School Mark and Modeshift STARS

Schools work towards School Mark accreditation (Bronze, Silver and Gold) to the point that they are able to sustain a cycling culture without the need for regular contact from the Bike It Officer.Luton Borough Council also provide schools with a travel planning service called Modeshift STARS which helps to focus them on healthy and safe school journey facilities.

Cycling and Scooting Training

In recent years, scooting to school has become very popular and this is now included in the Bike It activities. In addition to the activities on bikes, children at Bike It schools enjoy scooter skills courses and fun activities. Cyclists from school years 5-7 are also able to take part in Bikeability courses which are run by Luton Borough Council.

 

 Contact information

 
School travel advisor
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547236
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