Rollapaluza rolls into town

Published: 31 May 2018

The council continued their campaign to encourage greener forms of travel with a number of free events in the borough last week.

The Better by… team hosted Better by… bike at Windsor Forest Colleges Group's Langley Campus last Wednesday. The event was designed to inspire students and staff to switch from car to bike.

The event, which took place in The Street area of the campus, was buzzing with a competitive atmosphere as staff and students raced each other on Rollapaluza’s ‘spinning style’ static bikes.

All while others enjoyed making their own fruity drinks on the rather popular smoothie-making bike!

The smoothie bike itself sat static, but has a blender attached to the back. And the more someone peddled, the more energy it generated to blend the fruit concoctions in the maker.

So after a sufficient amount of cycling, the riders were treated to a tasty reward at the end!

The team also provided advice on cycle routes in Slough, as well as the variety of cycle skills classes happening for all abilities in the borough.

In addition, there was a complimentary bike surgery, which students and staff brought their bikes down to for repairs and maintenance.

To mark Living Street’s nationwide Walk to School Week campaign, the Better by… team also led pedestrian skills training assemblies at Priory School, Iqra Primary School and Langley Hall Primary Academy last week.

The sessions highlighted the health benefits of walking to school, as well as safety tips and advice for pupils heading to and from school.

The students were also given workbooks and DVDs to aid each school’s training after the assemblies.

The assemblies additionally encouraged staff and parents to make the switch to walking in an aim to reduce congestion around the school sites; and ultimately make the areas safer for children.

Further, the talks highlighted that if more chose to walk there could be a potential knock on effect of improving air quality in the borough.

The events were all part of the Better by… campaign, which aims to encourage people of all ages to use environmentally-friendly forms of travel, such as walking, cycling and public transport, while improving their fitness, saving money and time on the daily commute; and enabling residents to explore new places in the borough.

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “We are committed to providing the community with access to sustainable forms of travel, as we are passionate about improving the environment, as well as the health and wellbeing of Slough residents.

“We are hope that our Better by… events will inspire people to make the switch from car to greener modes of travel.”

Better by… events are taking place in schools and work places in Slough throughout the year. For more information, see the official Better by… page.