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Big Pedal celebrations for Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team and Ladycross Infant School

Posted on 12th May 2015

Officers from the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team have been congratulating pupils at Ladycross Infants School for reaching the top position in the East Midlands Big Pedal challenge.

The challenge is a nationwide project set up by the charity Sustrans to encourage people to leave their cars at home.

Ladycross Infants School rose to the Big Pedal challenge to encourage pupils to cycle and scoot to school as often as possible over a three week period to help reduce the number of cars on the road and encourage healthier, active lifestyles.

During the challenge, over 90% of children cycled or scooted to school, placing them in first position in the East Midlands and sixth place nationally.

The Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team also got involved to help spur the children on by scooting to school alongside pupils. The team have since returned to the school to present pupils with Sustrans East Midlands Regional Winners trophy.

Dan Hancock, teacher at Ladycross Infants School explains: "We are working hard to encourage children to travel to school in safe, healthy and environmentally friendly ways.

"It has been great to have the support of PC Louise Hopwell and PSCO Laura Buchanan who have helped reinforce the message by visiting school and working with us to encourage children to scoot and cycle to school."

PC Louise Hopwell from the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team added: "It is fantastic to see the school's participation in the Big Pedal challenge being recognised as everyone worked really hard to promote the message of safe and sustainable travel.

"Coming first regionally and sixth nationally is a fantastic achievement and one of which the school should be very proud of.

"It was brilliant to go along and scoot with the children to show our support, and help them to raise their awareness of road safety."

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