Students in Blaengwawr Comprehensive School are being encouraged to get on their bikes and cycle to school in a bid to celebrate their new bike park.
The new bike park was opened last month (30th April) thanks to the community initiative project and has been a huge success so far, with over 44 students from year 7 and 8 cycling to school in the first day, with one student cycling from as far as Penrhiwceiber.
Mr Hanly, who teaches at the school and regularly cycles 20 miles to and from school, said: “We were overwhelmed at the response from the pupils; some were at the school at 7:10am in time for their free breakfast. The new cycle park is fantastic and will hopefully encourage young people to take more exercise and get involved in cycling. It’s a great new facility and I will certainly be using it and ensuring that the students do to!”
Pupils cycled from all over the catchment area and received a free bike lock and breakfast on the day.
Dare Valley Cycles also sponsored the event and carried out free mini services on all the pupils bikes and gave the young people some tips on bike maintenance, including; keeping the tyres pumped up reduces the chances of punctures and makes the bike easier to ride, keeping the chain oiled extends its life, adjusting the brakes correctly make the bike more responsive and safer to ride, carrying a plastics shopping bag and placing it over the seat when not being ridden protects the seat from the rain and lots more.
Councillor Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am very pleased to hear that the young people are enjoying the new bike park. This is a great opportunity for the students to become more active and enjoy the great outdoors on their way to and from school.”