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ISLAND PUPIL RISES TO THE ACTIVE TRAVEL CHALLENGE

L-R: Deputy headteacher Robin Chubb, Jack Chiverton and Shift It officer Nicky Metcalf

A young cyclist is celebrating after being announced as the Active Travel Week challenge individual prizewinner.

Queensgate Foundation Primary School pupil, Jack Chiverton, 10, was awarded a new bike after winning a prize draw as part of the challenge, organised by Wight Cycle, in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council.

The scheme encouraged students to walk, scoot or cycle to school on as many different days as they could between 25th and 29th March.

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Jack was fitted for his bike and helmet at Wight Cycle Hire, Yarmouth and was extremely excited to be presented with his new bike.

Jack said:

“Thank you for my fantastic new bike. I’m looking forward to riding it to school and back home.”

During Active Travel Week, 62% of Queensgate Foundation Primary pupils at East Cowes travelled to school in a sustainable active way.

Headteacher, Samantha Sillito, said:

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“I am very pleased for Jack. What a wonderful prize to win! I am so proud of the Queensgate community. Active Travel week has great benefits for children, encouraging them to be healthy, active and environmentally friendly at the same time. I’m hoping we will have even more of our children joining in with Active Travel Week in July.”

A total of 34 schools took part in the Active Travel Week, clocking up a combined total of 13,264 sustainable journeys to school over the challenge – 69% of all journeys logged during the week.

The ‘Shift It’ project is run by Wight Cycle and promotes active sustainable travel to and from school. This is done by working closely with individual schools to develop exciting activities and events.

Shift It project manager, Ross Edmunds, said:

“Well done to Jack on winning the bike and we were more than happy to welcome him to Wight Cycle HQ for his bike fitting. The recent Active Travel Week Challenge was a great success and we are hoping our next challenge in July will encourage even more Island schools to help pupils and parents get on board with travelling to school using sustainable travel, such as walking, cycling and scooting.”

Wight Cycle is delivering the ‘Shift It’ schools project, in partnership with the council, as part of the Access Fund for Sustainable Travel – a £1.3 million, 3-year sustainable transport programme which was secured competitively from the Department for Transport, now in its final year.

For more information about the Shift It project, visit: https://wightcycletraining.co.uk/shift-it-sustainable-travel.

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