Children race and experience journey in the saddle

Published: 10 May 2019

Primary school children have been competing for the best times in bike races…while clocking up zero miles.

Rollapaluza rolled into town with static spinning-style bikes and got children in the saddle to encourage them to use two-wheels more.

The static bikes are perfect for children to get on a bike and pedal for different challenges.

The series of events kicked off at Claycots Primary School’s Town Hall campus today (Thurs) and seven other schools are set to be visited by the specialist team. More schools are being encouraged to sign up to let their children experience the Rollapaluza programme by the end of the summer.

The events have been put on by Better by, Slough Borough Council’s sustainable transport team, as part of the Go Cycle campaign to inspire pupils to encourage their parents to get out of a car and use a bike instead.

The children were set to race each other and their teachers over a variety of distances.

Competitive Year 6 Claycots Primary School pupil Abraham clocked up a super speedy time in one race and said he really enjoyed the break from impending SATs exams.

He said: “It is great exercise and it was good they came to school. It’s was great fun.”

Mark How, Outdoor Education Lead at Claycots Primary School, said with Slough having a specific problem with obesity, Rollapaluza was an entertaining way to introduce bikes as a form of exercise to the pupils.

Mr How said: “This is an excellent way to show the children how much fun it is to ride a bike and it is a sustainable form of travel too.

“If they realise how much fun it is just competing in the exercises in this safe environment they might be encouraged to go out and cycle more often.”

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

Fore more information about how to get Rollapaluza to your school please contact the Better by team and find out more here www http://www.slough.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/better-by.aspx

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Pictures show the children at Claycots Primary school, Bath Road, enjoying the Rollapaluza activities today.
Abraham racing on a bike and Arpita (left) and Sumaya (right) compete against each other to get the fastest time.