Cycling mad school nominated for Community Pride award

Nine-year-old Luke Dorking is presented with a bicycle by Naomi Wells Smith, of Sustrans, and Piers Maffett, of Cycle Heaven, at a Bike It Project event at Yearsley Grove School Atkinson

Nine-year-old Luke Dorking is presented with a bicycle by Naomi Wells Smith, of Sustrans, and Piers Maffett, of Cycle Heaven, at a Bike It Project event at Yearsley Grove School Atkinson

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YEARLSEY Grove primary school has been nominated for a Community Pride award for the staff and pupils' committed work to promote cycling.

With cycling at the forefront of minds in York after the Tour de France, Yearsley Grove the school has made a concerted effort to inspire children to get on two wheels.

With help from the Sustrans Bike-It project, the school has seen the number of students biking to school rocket in recent months, and besides the children inspired the children to get on their bikes, the staff are taking a keen interest as well. So much so that the school have been forced to build a new bike shed for the staff bikes.

The school has been nominated for the Primary School Project of the Year award, which recognises schools which work hard to improve the environment, and its nomination said the classroom has also been taken by storm with the new biking craze.

Pete Lambert who nominated the school for their commemorative work said: “In the last year, the way that Yearsley Grove has embraced cycling has been inspirational.”

Mr Lambert added: “The legacy from the Tour de France Grande Depart starts in schools, where the next generation of cyclists and road users are formed. Yearsley is leading the way in creating a generation of fitter, healthier, safer and more environmentally conscious citizens.”

Teachers have managed to incorporate cycling in lessons about maths and art, keeping the children excited in the leading weeks to the Tour de France, he added.

The school have also triumphed in competitions on their two wheeled transport by coming second in York for the Big Pedal - a national competition run by Sustrans to promote cycling within all schools.

A massive 42 percent of the school's community managed to either cycle or scoot to school over the two weeks of the competition, clocking up 3,320 journeys to and from school.

A Sutrans Bike-It representative also made some frequent visits to the school to guide biking sessions and help the children perform repairs on their bikes when necessary.

The Community Pride Awards are run by The Press and City of York Council, and sponsored by Benenden Health. Nominations have now closed, and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony in October.

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10:11am Mon 28 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

Music to my ears.......well done all!
Music to my ears.......well done all! pedalling paul
  • Score: -5

10:27am Mon 28 Jul 14

RingoStarr says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Music to my ears.......well done all!
I'll bet you'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation'
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Music to my ears.......well done all![/p][/quote]I'll bet you'll greet this with 'glee and trepidation' RingoStarr
  • Score: 5

10:51am Mon 28 Jul 14

BertieBrompton says...

Great nomination! Good luck to Yearsley Grove.
Great nomination! Good luck to Yearsley Grove. BertieBrompton
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

GMuser says...

Well what a surprise PP in his heaven.
No problem with cycling and I have no doubt these have been taught about both bike use and the dangers of incorrect road usage.
Well what a surprise PP in his heaven. No problem with cycling and I have no doubt these have been taught about both bike use and the dangers of incorrect road usage. GMuser
  • Score: 4

4:17am Tue 29 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Well, going past the school during term time at roughly 3pm you wouldn't have guessed it was nominated for this... as the road is littered from Huntington Road to Skewsby Grove (and even the whole link road to Anthea Drive) with cars being driven by parents coming to pick their kids up in the Zafira... most of which live within a 5 minute cycle ride of the school gates.
Well, going past the school during term time at roughly 3pm you wouldn't have guessed it was nominated for this... as the road is littered from Huntington Road to Skewsby Grove (and even the whole link road to Anthea Drive) with cars being driven by parents coming to pick their kids up in the Zafira... most of which live within a 5 minute cycle ride of the school gates. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

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