Kingston celebrates Bike Week
Kingston geared up for a summer of cycling during June’s Bike Week with a host of activities delivered by Kingston Council.
Bike Week ran from 14 to 22 June and highlights included our annual school cycle challenge, a school cycling championships, a talk by a cycle paramedic and a family fun cycle ride in Horton Country Park.
This year’s school cycle challenge was between Corpus Christi and Christ Church in New Malden. Both schools were given a Pashley bicycle for a week and the staff challenged to accumulate as many miles as possible.
Heather Brown from the winning school Christ Church said:
“Staff were keen to use the bicycle for journeys between our two sites, lunchtime errands and journeys home. It was also used in curriculum lessons encouraging pupils to be active. A great initiative by the Bikeability team.”
Meanwhile, St Philip’s and Castle Hill Primary schools received a visit from paramedic Nuno Alves, who talked to pupils about his role as a paramedic and how using a bike is invaluable in a busy town. Pupils were invited to ask questions as well as look around the bike and try out the siren and lights.
Pupils from Chessington primary schools got active and took part in a series of races and time trials in the Chessington Schools Cycle Championships. The event was run by British Cycling coaches from the Kingston Junior Cycle Club. Lovelace Primary School pedalled to victory with Castle Hill second and St Paul’s third. Zach Washington of Lovelace Primary won the overall individual event.
Four free public Dr Bikes took place during the week. Two in Kingston town centre and two to launch the Active Travel for Health project in Old Malden and Cambridge Road estate.
The grand finale was a family cycle ride. Children and adults of all ages were invited to join a led ride around Horton Country Park. Bicycles were provided along with refreshments and Dr Bike. The event was well received and following requests we hope to repeat it later in the year.
To find out about cycle rides and events visit www.cyclekingston.net.