Posted on 8th July 2014
Fifteen bicycles and ten scooters, which are set to be used by school children in Kilburn, have been security marked by police.
The equipment, bought through the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant, is being used by Kilburn Junior School as part of their ‘Go-Go’ (Get out and Get on) project to encourage healthier lifestyles.
Each bike and scooter has also been security marked by officers from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, and the details registered with the national Bike Register database.
As part of the project youngsters are offered learn to ride sessions. They also take part in Bikeability training, and 70 youngsters have now completed Level Two.
The equipment is also being used by the school during sports days, for a weekly after school cycle club, and were also included in the school’s summer fair.
PC Neil Hopwell of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We think this is a great project for the school which will not only encourage youngsters to use their bikes and enjoy riding, but also offers them the skills and advice they need to stay safe.
“I also hope that youngsters will be encouraged to use them as a more sustainable way to travel to and from school, which could in turn help to ease local traffic concerns around school start and finish times.”
PC Hopwell added: “Security marking these bikes is one of the ways in which we are lending our support to the initiative, but will also help ensure that the equipment stays safe and could be traced back to the school should any of the bicycles ever be stolen.”
Robert Hull, Deputy Headteacher at Kilburn Junior School, said: “Cycling has a high profile in Britain and provides health and environmental benefits both now and later in life. Our aim is to ensure that every child at our school can ride safely.
“We have seen both youngsters and their parents really embrace the project, getting involved in Amber Valley School Sports Partnership events, which has seen four of our pupils go on to represent the area nationally.”
Mr Hull added: “We also hope that as youngsters become more confident riders that we can do our bit to support long-term sustainable transport objective, both while children are at school but also potentially as they grow older and even as adults.”
BikeRegister is a national online bicycle identification and registration initiative which aims to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery. To find out more visit www.bikeregister.com.
To contact the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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