Community project donates second-hand bikes to primary schools

PUBLISHED: 11:24 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:14 22 March 2017

A pupil trys out her second hand bike

A pupil trys out her second hand bike


Shenstone School in Crayford, and Northwood Primary School in Erith have benefitted from the scheme so far

The mayor of Bexley with pupils from Shenstone SchoolThe mayor of Bexley with pupils from Shenstone School

A community project which donates second hand bicycles to local schools was launched on March 14.

The mayor of Bexley, Eileen Pallen, presented headteacher of Shenstone School in Crayford, Lauri Ann Mackey, with 10 free second-hand bicycles along with some safety equipment.

The bicycles were given to the school as part of a community partnership between the London Borough of Bexley, the Metropolitan Police and Sidcup Cycle Centre. This enables second hand bikes that have been traded in for new bicycles to be upgraded. The bicycles are checked and repaired by volunteers from the Sidcup Cycle Centre and are then donated, along with safety equipment such as helmets and high visibility vests, to local schools.

To date over thirty bicycles have been donated and schools which have benefited include Shenstone School and Northwood Primary School in Erith.

Bexley cabinet member, councillor Peter Craske said: “It’s good to see local people benefiting from this community partnership. Cycling is a great way to keep fit and there are a range of free cycle training events that residents can take advantage of.”

The Council will also be running level two Bikeability courses during the Easter holidays, for children aged 10 and above, who would like to learn how to cycle safely on the road. These courses are free of charge. Children must have their own road-worthy bicycle and helmet, and be able to ride confidently.

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