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
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.