Pupils set for walking week with new shelter

Skegness Infant School are proud of the new bike shelter. Photo: John Crossland.
Skegness Infant School are proud of the new bike shelter. Photo: John Crossland.

CHILDREN at an infant school in Skegness can now take advantage of the fresh air and get to school under their own steam.

Skegness Infant School in Cavendish Road, welcomed the arrival of a brand new bike shelter which was officially unveiled by the Jolly Fisherman on Monday (May 16) to help coincide with National Walk to School Week, running from May 16 to 20.

It is hoped the shelter will encourage youngsters and their parents travel to school by walking or by using a bike rather than driving, which has caused a number of parking problems and safety issues in the past.

The shelter was funded by Lincolnshire County Council’s School Travel Plan team and pupils had the chance to get involved with a number of activities provided.

These included, scooter training, pedestrian training and classroom workshops about sustainable travel.

Each child who walks, cycles or scooters to school will get the chance to be entered into a prize draw and also collect stamps on a walking postcard to help celebrate the week.

Sue Roy, Headteacher, said: “It was a very successful day.

“Staff also had different things going on in their own classrooms such as competitions and shoe decorating.

“The Walk to School week has been going very well and we have seen more and more bikes and scooters appearing in the shelter since the start of term.”

Sarah Hubery, LCC Sustainable Travel Officer, helped to coordinate the week.

She said: “The week is an opportunity for schools to promote the benefits of walking and cycling to parents and children.

“Using sustainable travel on the school journey gives young people the opportunity to learn about their local area, as well as gain independence and develop skills.

“It is a chance for them to learn how to manage risk gradually, helping them to grow into healthy, resilient adults.

“It’s not just walking either – our initiatives are also encouraging cycling, scootering or Park and Stride – just walking part of the way.”