Schools in Hertfordshire receive Bikeability certificates in recognition of their commitment

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Hertfordshire Cycling has awarded over 60 Bikeability certificates to schools this month. The Bikeability Trust have introduced a new school certificate this year for dedication to delivering Bikeability training to students. So far during 2020, even with the impact of COVID Hertfordshire as managed to deliver Bikeability training to over 3000 young cyclists across Hertfordshire.

County Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism presented the first Hertfordshire Bikeability Schools Certificate to Mairéad Waugh, the Head Teacher of St Philip Howard Catholic Primary School in Hatfield. The school has been long standing participants of the Bikeability training programme and this term the Hertfordshire Cycling Team has delivered, Level 1, 2 and 3 to children from years 3 to 6.

Terry Douris said “It was a real pleasure to present the Bikeability Award to St Philip Howard School. The pupils have really taken to cycling and have already notched up some impressive trips.”
“Being able to cycle to school fulfils a number of important goals. It keeps you fit, it reduces traffic and importantly it is good for the environment in reduced vehicle journeys. It was great to see the pupils’ enthusiasm and the education that they get from the Bikeability training will hold them in good stead in the future.”

Mairéad Waugh said “We are delighted with the increased take up year on year with the Bikeability programme. It is brilliant watching the children grow in confidence and use their skills to help make our local area a greener place. It has increased the number of children cycling to school to such an extent that we are now sourcing funding for additional cycling storage. It has even encouraged more of the staff to cycle!”

The certificate not only showcases the school’s dedication to cycle training, it can also contribute to accreditation schemes such as Modeshift STARS. For more information on Modeshift Stars accreditations please contact: activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

And the certificate is a good story to share with the whole school community as in this School Newsletter

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