London schools celebrate cycling success at Lee Valley VeloPark

8 July 2016

Children from secondary schools from across Greater London took over the Lee Valley VeloPark on Friday 8 July to celebrate the successes of our capital-wide programme to get more children cycling. The programme has more than doubled the number of pupils regularly cycling to school in 2015.

As live footage played from the Tour de France over 240 children from 16 schools across Greater London cycled in the tracks of Olympic winners Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton around the famous Velodrome and road circuit to celebrate #susfest16. The event included spectacular shows from professional BMX stunt men Matti Hemmings and Keelan Phillips, mountain bike stunt displays, and bicycle themed activities, such as pedal-powered smoothies and jewellery making.

Our schools festival at the Lee Valley VeloPark is a unique chance for children in schools across Greater London to try out Olympic-class cycling facilities, see spectacular bike shows and get inspired by many different styles of two-wheeled travel.

- James Scott, Programme Manager for Education and Health at Sustrans in London

We work with 500 schools in Greater London as part of the Bike It Plus Project, which is funded by Transport for London and the London Boroughs. In 2014-15 the number of pupils who regularly cycled to school doubled in schools which participated in the programme. Children who cycled every day trebled from two to six per cent.

Our new Chief Executive Xavier Brice, and Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL attended the event to congratulate the pupils, teachers, parents and Sustrans staff involved.

James Scott, Programme Manager for Education and Health at Sustrans in London said: "We know from our work in schools across the capital that children love to travel by bike. Healthy, active kids are well set-up for the school day. With more safe cycle routes to schools we can help more children and their parents to choose healthier travel habits, help tackle obesity and take more cars off the road, improving the whole community".

Follow the celebrations on twitter using hashtag #susfest16