Pupils getting on bikes for their new shelter

Sustrans Bike It officer Natalie Whelan (left) is pictured with Wath Primary School pupils, from left, Sophie Law, aged 11, Jake Hodges, Daisy Turton, Emily Birley, all aged ten, Kristians Juanpetrovics and Thomas Westreman, both aged 11, are pictured with the new bike shelter.
Sustrans Bike It officer Natalie Whelan (left) is pictured with Wath Primary School pupils, from left, Sophie Law, aged 11, Jake Hodges, Daisy Turton, Emily Birley, all aged ten, Kristians Juanpetrovics and Thomas Westreman, both aged 11, are pictured with the new bike shelter.

A new cycle storage facility has been unveiled at Wath C of E Primary School as part of a scheme to encourage more children to cycle to school.

Cycling charity Sustrans has been working with pupils, staff and parents since June 2012 on various projects to encourage children to choose two wheels for the school run.

The new cycle store was unveiled on Monday and will give pupils a place to keep their bikes. To help celebrate the official opening, Sustrans staff offered free cycle maps, safety checks and minor repairs to children’s bikes.

Natalie Whelan, from Sustrans, said: “The school’s Bike It Crew, made up of pupils who promote cycling to school, ran a competition to design artwork for the cycle shelter and its great to see an amalgamation of all of their designs as a key piece of artwork on the shelter.”

Head teacher David Silvester added: “We are really excited to be opening our new cycle shelter.”