Medieval inspiration at Blackhorse Primary
Published on: 31 Mar 2014
NEW cycle sheds at Blackhorse Primary School have been inspired by medieval barns.
The bike shelters were made by a local firm, Green Play Project, and blend into the environment.
Head teacher Simon Botten said: “Not only are these shelters made from sustainable resources, they are also cheaper than the standard metal and PVC shelters installed by many schools.”
The bike sheds, which can house up to 80 cycles and scooters, were funded by South Gloucestershire’s Local Sustainable Travel Fund.
Mr Botten said: “This funding has allowed us to dramatically improve the cycling storage in school which in turn encourages families to leave their cars at home and cycle into school each day.”
The shelters were opened at a “Bike-it Breakfast” supported by cycle charity Sustrans at the start of The Big Pedal, a national inter-school cycling and scooting competition that ranks schools by the number of parents and pupils travelling on two wheels over a fortnight.
Blackhorse Primary was first in the South West and 10th nationally.
The school has placed cycling at the heart of its healthy living curriculum and holds a variety of cycling training events during the year, including Bikeability training sessions for children of all ages and a cycling enrichment class, where children learn bike safety, basic cycle maintenance and road safety skills.
Blackhorse is the first school in South Gloucestershire to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom quality mark and is working on achieving the Silver Bike-it mark for promoting cycling.
Councillor Brian Allinson, chaiman of South Gloucestershire’s planning, transportation and strategic environment committee, said: “Blackhorse Primary School is already a great champion of sustainable travel and the staff do a lot of good work to promote cycling to pupils. Thanks to this funding from the Local Sustainable Travel Fund, delivered by South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with Sustrans, these bespoke new shelters will make it even easier for the children to cycle or scoot to school.”