Pool Academy signs up to Big Pedal challenge

Staff and students are being urged to cycle, scoot or walk to school as part of the Big Pedal event later this month.

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Sustrans officials have challenged people to use their human power to get to school on foot, bikes and scooters from March 25 until April 5.

It is hoped students, teachers and staff members from Pool Academy will all join in and beat other schools in the area for the amount of participants.

As part of the two-week challenge David Davies, also known as the Bike Doctor, has offered to come into school and help fix student’s bikes and scooters to help them run more smoothly.

He will be in the school from 8am until the end of the day offering his services for free.

Mr Davies is a Sustrans bike officer and has worked with the school for several years to help promote a healthy lifestyle and get people more active.

He hopes coming into school and helping with the students’ bikes will encourage people to take a more active approach to travelling to school. This also helps cut down on congestion on roads and help reduce pollution.

Julian Hosking, PE Teacher at Pool Academy, said: “It is awesome to have him come to Pool Academy and lend us his skills free of charge.

“We are also looking forward to seeing as many students and staff members taking part in The Big Pedal.”

Pool Academy is a Sustrans Silver Award School. This means it continues to encourage the travel charity’s ethos of eco, sustainable travel such as car-sharing, cycling, walking, etc to school.

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Christiana Richardson