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Goldington Students Get on Their Bike!

Children and staff at Goldington Middle School are celebrating after being awarded the Sustrans Bike It Bronze School Mark

Staff and students have worked hard to increase the number of people who cycle to school since 2008. In that time, the number of cyclists has risen from just a handful to more than 70 during the warmer months.

The Sustrans Bike It Bronze School Mark is awarded to schools that work in partnership to “bring about some organisational, cultural and behavioural changes that help to support pupils in cycling to school.”

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, presented the award at Goldington Middle School on Friday 14th January. He said: “Cycling is great for the health and fitness of students and teachers alike. The Bike It Bronze School Mark award recognises the hard work of everyone involved at Goldington Middle School to encourage more people to cycle to school.

“Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the number of students and teachers cycling to school has risen significantly in the last year. I hope they will continue their efforts to encourage even more people to cycle to school in the coming years."
Richard Noon, Sustrans Bike It Officer, said: "Goldington Middle is an outstanding school for the Sustrans' Bike It Project. The site itself is well served by off-road cycle paths, while the hard work of staff, students and parents has created an atmosphere where cycling is genuinely encouraged. 

“Achieving Bronze School Mark means they will be able to keep the momentum going into the future and truly succeed in embedding cycling in the culture of the school."

‘Bike It’ in Bedford Borough is operated by Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity and is funded by the Borough Council.  Sustrans’ vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment.  Bedford Borough Council is working to increase the levels of cycling in schools as well as the rest of the community, and provides Bikeability cycle training for schools and has created more than 75 kilometres of cycle ways throughout the borough to date.

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