Big push for pedal power at Chippenham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: MP Duncan Hames celebrates the end of the Big Pedal with young travel superheroes at Ivy Lane School MP Duncan Hames celebrates the end of the Big Pedal with young travel superheroes at Ivy Lane School

Children asked to cycle or scoot to Chippenham’s Ivy Lane Primary School for two weeks rose to the challenge, with many ditching car trips.

The youngsters made their effort as part of the Big Pedal organised by Sustrans, a charity which encourages sustainable travel.

Towards the end of the two week period, between March 3 and March 14, 40 per cent of pupils were wheeling in through the school gates.

Headteacher Chris Cann-ings said even though the event was over, plenty of youngsters were still cycling or scooting to school.

He said: “The nice thing is that quite a lot of parents join in. Some of our parents who can’t scoot or cycle the whole way, because it’s too far, have started driving part of the way and scooting the rest.”

Last year the school raised £4,000 for racks to keep the scooters and bikes secure and it recently it won a bronze award from Sustrans.

At the end of this year’s challenge, youngsters came in to school dressed as superheroes and were visited by Chippenham MP Duncan Hames.

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