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Cycle Award for Wey Valley School

Silver Mark Award April 2014

11:17am 23rd April 2014
(Updated 9:26am 24th April 2014)

A Weymouth School has become the first in Dorset to get an award for getting more children on their bikes.

The Wey Valley School has been given the Silver Mark Award from cycle charity Sustrans, for their "outstanding commitment to cycling."

Local councillors and Sustrans schools officer Jonathan Dixon will present the award to children, parents and teachers for their efforts at a special event this lunchtime (Wednesday 23rd April).

Sustrans Jonathan Dixon said it's fantastic to see Wey Valley School doing so much to help people cycle confidently and safely;

"Cycling is good for students' health, confidence and independence and it makes them better learners in the classroom too.

"We are very grateful to Dorset County Council for supporting our valuable work which has seen huge increases in the number of students cycling to school regularly."

Since 2010 the number of pupils and staff who regularly cycle to school has increased to the point where the cycle shelters at the school are frequently full.

It has been a steady increase and it is hoped that further efforts will encourage more people onto two wheels in the future as well.

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