Kids geared up for work­shop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By NICK REINIS

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.”

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