Kids geared up for workshop
PUPILS were given a helping hand with getting on their bikes thanks to a special after-school initiative.
Nine pupils from Ormiston Bushfield Academy, in Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, took part in a cycle maintenance workshop organised by Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice team.
The two-hour session, based at the school, was led by cycling instructor Richard Cooper, who gave the pupils some hands on experience.
He taught the pupils a range of cycle maintenance skills and also provided them with useful tips and advice on bike safety.
Travelchoice’s school travel officer Nicola Winstone, who set up in workshop, said: “It was so pleasing and rewarding to see that these pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and gained from it.
“While the pupils learnt a great deal about basic cycle maintenance, there were also other far-reaching issues and objectives involved.
“We aim to encourage and empower young people to cycle more confidently and safely.
“We also want members of the public to walk and cycle more and to take greater advantage of the public transport system.
“It would be brilliant to see an increase in numbers of those walking or cycling to and from the school.
“We believe that it’s so important that people should be made more aware of the travel choices that are open to them.”
Pupil Steven Moorehead (12) said: “It was a very interactive workshop and we were encouraged to take part in a number of very enjoyable and useful activities.
“I love cycling and this workshop gave me some ideas about keeping my cycle in really good shape.”
His fellow pupil Elijah Parrish (11) added: “I really enjoyed the whole afternoon.
“If they plan to run this workshop again, then I definitely would want to participate. I know that I learnt a great deal and it was also a fun project to take part in.”
Vocational tutor Debbie Harris said: “We’re grateful to Travelchoice for setting up this most enjoyable and very worthwhile workshop. I know our pupils were given first class and useful advice.”