Schoolchildren put pedal to the metal

Parkland School bike initiative SUS-140606-100444001
Parkland School bike initiative SUS-140606-100444001

Parkland Junior School celebrated the completion of its Pedal Power a go-go, Petrol Legs a no-no project with their third Bike Breakfast recently.

It was attended by more than 110 parents and children including Mike Thompson, the outgoing mayor of Eastbourne, who presented the School’s Bike Champion, Miss Messer, with a Big Lottery Fund Plaque.

The Big Lottery Fund awarded the school with a grant for £10,000 to fund the project which encourages children and parents to leave their cars at home and use more sustainable means of transport such as walking, cycling or scooting to school instead.

The school now offers storage for 42 bikes and 40 scooters.

During the term of the grant 65 children have undergone Bikeability Training free of charge with their places funded from the Big Lottery Fund Grant.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6 billion. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on December 1 2006.