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West Exe celebrate Cycle to School week

Students and staff at West Exe are celebrating Cycle to School Week, which runs from the 25th to the 29th of September this year.  Over 200 children cycle to school every day and we also have a very active staffing body, many of whom choose to beat the traffic and ride in daily. 

Organised by the Bikeability Trust, and supported by the charity Sustrans, Cycle to School week aims to encourage both parents and children to jump on their bikes and celebrate the benefits of doing the school run this way.  Participants are encouraged to swap one car journey for cycling, cycle to school every day, cycle with their family or discover somewhere new on a cycle ride. 

More than 100,000 children in Devon have now received Bikeability cycle training.  Bikeability is the government's national cycle training programme and children learn both practical skills and how to cycle safely on roads.  A student at West Exe, Beatrice Stothert was actually the 100,000th Bikeability trainee in Devon and to celebrate she was presented with a certificate and a bicycle by Councillor Stuart Hughes, the Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, earlier this year.

Two other students at the school, Lucas and Evie, are currently training for the World BMX Championships and earlier this year both of them took 1st place in the South West Regional in Bideford (Male 14s and Female Regional Elite, respectively. 

According to Cycling UK, on average just 2.2% of children cycle to school and 35.4% are driven, they estimate that if  just one child cycled to school instead of travelling by car for a year, it would save almost half a tonne in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to growing eight trees for a decade or charging 58,388 mobile phones.

Julie Fossey, Headteacher said:

“Staff and students at West Exe are very happy to celebrate the benefits of cycling this Cycle to School Week.  An active school run can have a hugely positive impact in a range of ways, from improving health and wellbeing, to helping to reduce air pollution. 

“ I am delighted that so many of our students make the choice to cycle in everyday and we will continue to support others to complete the training needed to feel safe and confident cycling to school.”