Biking buddies land school cycling prize

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CHILDREN, staff and parents at a Rothbury school have won a bike maintenance kit as one of the top schools in this year’s The Big Pedal.

The national competition, led by charity Sustrans and sponsored by the Bike Hub, saw schools across the country competing to see how many journeys to school they could make by bike over a three-week period.

Rothbury First School was the best performing school in the North East and has been given a Fisher and Weldite kit.

Bike It officer Ben Tweedie said: “Almost half of children would like to cycle to school, but currently only two per cent do. The Big Pedal provides a great opportunity for parents and children to discover just how fun and healthy cycling to school can be.”

Headteacher Dianne Butler said: “There are so many more smiles when kids arrive at the front gates on their bike. This new cycle kit is great for the school, and will help the children look after the bikes.”