Sustrans works with a range of community organisations to encourage people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, and enjoy better, safer spaces where they live.
As part of their Project with Windsor Hill pupils, they worked to help us think about how we travel to school, and led a number of Primary 6 pupils through a Bike Safety Course.
Sustrans in Northern Ireland has recently piloted a new approach to enable and encourage children to walk and cycle to school, and Windsor Hill was delighted to be involved. Not only did this project encourage a healthier lifestyle and good transport choices, but an added benefit was reduced traffic in Church Avenue, especially in the morning as families choose either to walk to school, or to park nearby and complete their journey on foot.
It is thought that many children in Northern Ireland want to cycle to school, yet only 2% actually do.
Sustrans is attempting to improve cycling opportunities with its project, Bike It. This ground-breaking project has already tripled the number of children cycling to its target schools, and Sustrans staff have been working with schools in Belfast, the North West and South East areas of Northern Ireland to create a positive cycling culture.
Primary 6 pupils from Windsor Hill enjoyed a three day Bike It course which involved them learning how to ensure that their bicycle was road worthy, how to cycle safely, and, with careful and expert supervision, had an opportunity to experience cycling on local roads.
In addition to the activities mentioned, Sustrans also ran a competiton for pupils from P1 to P7 to encourage positive and safe attitudes towards transport - a photograph of the winners will appear below soon. Please check back.