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Daubeney on Their Bikes for Success

14th July 2010

Daubeney Middle School in Kempston is the first school in Bedford Borough to be awarded the prestigious ‘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 50 during the warmer months.

The 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.”


‘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.

Councillor Charles Royden, Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport, said: “The staff and students at Daubeney have worked incredibly hard to encourage more people to cycle to school and this has now been recognised by the Bike It Bronze School Mark.


“They are the first school in the borough to be given a Bike It award and I hope their efforts will encourage other schools to increase their levels of cycling too.  We are delighted to be able to support Sustrans in this work.’

“Encouraging students to cycle to school is great for their health and fitness and also means fewer cars on our roads, which is better for the environment and reduces congestion around our schools. This also helps to meet our objective of reducing carbon emissions across the borough in line with the 10:10 initiative that the Mayor signed up to last year.”

Richard Noon, Sustrans Bike It Officer, said: "Daubeney Middle is an outstanding school for the Sustrans' Bike It Project. The staff, the parents and most importantly the children have really bought into the benefits of cycling and the proof of this is the number of regular cyclists all year round.

“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."

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