May 20, 2013 12.25 pm This story is over 102 months old

Lincoln children walk and bike to school for Access LN6

Sustainable schooling: Children at a school in South Lincoln are learning about sustainable forms of transport this week.

Children from a South Lincoln primary school will walk and cycle to school this week as part of “Walk to School Week”.

Kids from Ling Moor Primary School will find ways of sustainably getting to school, as part of the Access LN6 project.

On the Monday, the school held a Big Bike Day to encourage cycling, scooting or walking.

Charity Sustrans was on hand to provide breakfast for children who walked or biked to school and show them how to keep their bikes in working order.

Pupils will also take part in the “Playground Pedal”.

Ling Moor Primary received £5,000 via the Access LN6 programme, and purchased a shelter so parents can wait for their children. It’s hoped this will encourage sustainable travel to and from school.

Sustrans Schools Officer Vincent Gibson said: “We want children to enjoy active travel so we’re working closely with schools in LN6 to raise awareness of walking and cycling, teaching children about safety and encouraging them to walk, scoot or cycle regularly.

“Walking, scooting and cycling to school has great health benefits, it’s more sustainable to the local environment and it’s a great way for children to gain independence.”

Headteacher at Ling Moor Primary School Mrs Jill Marston said: “Ling Moor Primary School has been promoting sustainable travel for almost 10 years.

Encouraging walking, cycling and scooting fits into our school ethos and reinforces the positive messages of sustainable travel to our students.

“The funding we received for our Parent Waiting Shelter means that whatever the weather, parents have an allocated space to wait for their children – either shaded in the summer, or sheltered from the winter.

“We’re confident that promoting sustainable travel will encourage parents, teachers and our pupils to think about the way they travel.”

Find out more about Access LN6 and how it can help staff at a local business or school by calling 01522 554 545 or visiting the Access LN6 website.

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