Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Harding pupils ‘toast’ school run success

Over 50 children and parents cycled and walked to Harding Memorial Primary School just before half-term, for a free breakfast to congratulate children for their dedication in transforming the school run.



The breakfast was organised by UK charity Sustrans as part of its work with the school to encourage children to walk and cycle the |school run.

Sustrans Bike It officer, Beth Harding, has just begun working with the school, teachers, pupils and parents to encourage children to get to school under their own steam. She organises various activities and classroom sessions to give children the skills and confidence to cycle safely.

Beth comments: “The breakfast at Harding Memorial Primary School was a great success. I’m delighted to be working with the school this year to promote active school travel. The school has already shown great enthusiasm in encouraging students to travel to school on two wheels.”

Sustrans works with eight schools in the greater Belfast area, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, Bike Hub and Active Belfast.

Sustrans has launched the ‘Free Range Kids’ campaign which wants to create environments for independent, active children by tackling the speed and volume of traffic and creating public space that welcomes |children.

It is calling for area-wide 20mph speed limits in residential and built up areas and investment from government in safe routes to make walking and cycling the norm for local journeys, particularly the school run.

To support the campaign, find out how free range your kids are and find out information and advice on how kids can be more active everyday, go to www.sustrans.org.uk/freerangekids

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