Children encouraged to cycle to school with bike stunt show

James Ross in the BMX stunt show
James Ross in the BMX stunt show
Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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A BMX stunt show was performed at schools across Portsmouth to teach students the benefits of cycling.

It was part of a new campaign called Give Me Cycle Space, which targets drivers and asks them to watch out for children cyclists and give plenty of room when overtaking.

The Victory, Medina, St Paul’s and Paulsgrove primary schools in Cosham and Paulsgrove were all treated to the stunt show, which included a variety of tricks.

The children saw 360-degree handlebar spins, tailwhips and jumps over the teachers.

Howard Payne, headteacher of Medina Primary School, Medina Road, said: ‘We take the issue of cycle safety extremely seriously.

‘With interest in cycling heightened at the moment after our Olympic success, this campaign is a timely reminder of the importance of looking out for child cyclists and giving them plenty of space.’

The Give Me Cycle Space campaign in Cosham and Paulsgrove incorporates advertising along Allaway Avenue and in-school activities.

These include newsletters, cycle training, stunt shows and other incentives to encourage children to ride to school.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: ‘As one of the most densely-populated cities outside of London, it’s vital that we are taking extra safety precautions for young cyclists in the area.

‘The Give Me Cycle Space campaign saw great success in Scotland and I’m sure will prove to be just as successful in Portsmouth.’

The campaign is part of the My Journey Portsmouth project, which is designed to help people make better choices when it comes to travelling around the city.

It is funded by the Department for Transport and is being delivered locally by Portsmouth City Council.

The project aims to encourage people to move towards using more sustainable forms of travel.

New cycle routes, useful information, products and services will all aid residents to travel sustainably.

Cllr Fazackarley added: ‘My Journey Portsmouth is an exciting opportunity to give the people of Portsmouth more options in the way they move around the city.

‘Our launch at Gunwharf Quays last month showed all the exciting things we have planned.’

A website has also been set up to give up-to-date travel information in the city and surrounding areas.

For more information go to myjourneyportsmouth.com or on Twitter at @MyJourneyHants.