Posted on 19th June 2015
PC Neil Hopwell from Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with partner agencies and youngsters in Denby and got on two wheels to celebrate Bike Week 2015, which encourages ‘everyday cycling for everyone.’
PC Hopwell visited Denby Free CE (Aided) Primary School on Thursday, June 18, along with representatives from Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team and staff from the Denby Lodge public house (pictured).
Bike Week has been taking place since Saturday, June 13 and runs until Sunday, June 21. 51 pupils took part in the event and chose to either cycle, scoot or walk to school with PC Hopwell leading the way on a police pushbike.
PC Hopwell said: “It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for the event with youngsters, their parents and carers, school staff and local businesses turning out to show support for sustainable travel and to learn more about the health benefits of choosing a more active way to get to school or work.
“This work showcases another example of the power of officers working alongside local schools and partner agencies to promote sustainable travel. I hope it will encourage people to start making active journeys on a more regular basis to reduce traffic congestion around schools at peak times, which is one of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team’s current priorities to work towards.”
Head Teacher, Tracey Gill said: “The children learned about how to travel to school in a safe, healthy and eco-friendly way. We were very pleased with how many children took part in the event.”
Senior Transport Officer from Derbyshire County Council, Rob Bounds added: “Bike Week is a great opportunity to take to two wheels and give cycling a go. It was fantastic to see the support of so many pupils, parents and teachers travelling alongside the Sustainable Travel and Safer Neighbourhood teams to cycle, scoot or walk to school.”
For more information on Bike Week visit: www.bikeweek.org.uk/us
You can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team by calling 101. You can also follow them on Twitter via @KilburnSNT and use the hashtag #BikeWeekUK to see more about events and activities to commemorate Bike Week across Derbyshire and the UK.