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Cycling Thrives in Cambridge Schools

Five schools in Cambridge have enjoyed a 5-week period of concentrated cycling activities as part of the Bikeability Plus project. Funding secured from the Department for Transport by Cambridgeshire County Council gave Outspoken Training the opportunity to deliver a mixture of activities designed to excite, enthuse, and encourage pupils to cycle to school more often.

The five schools were;

  • Orchard Park
  • Girton Glebe
  • St Laurence
  • Teversham
  • Great & Little Shelford

Each school enjoyed a high-energy fun-packed launch event which created a real buzz around the school engaging pupils, teachers and parents with the project aims. The launch was followed by weekly activities delivered by Outspoken’s Project Officers, Nancy Minshull-Beech and Edmund Lowson, which included balance bike training, learn to ride sessions, and bike maintenance lessons.

The success of the project is reflected in the following stats;

  • Increase in the number of children cycling to school at least once a week = 52% (Baseline figure of 268 increased to 409)
  • % of school pupils cycling increased from 25% to 39%
  • Number of people engaged in the launch day events = 1414
  • Number of children that enjoyed weekly balance bike sessions = 146
  • Number of learn to ride lessons = 99 (82 new cyclists created)
  • Number of newly trained junior bike mechanics = 36


Feedback received reflects the impact the project has made;

“I wanted to pass on a very big thank you to Nancy, who ran a course that my son attended at school in Great Shelford. I have no idea what magic she performed to get my unconfident son (who was not sure of using his bike even with stabilisers) to ride perfectly without them, within an hour. He's loving his new skill, thank you!” – Parent

“Everybody in our school enjoyed the Launch Day, it has encouraged the children to use pedal power to get to school!” – Teacher @ Teversham

Thanks goes to the pupils, teachers and parents at the schools, Cambridgeshire County Council, Steer Davies Gleave, and the Department for Transport 

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