All aboard the bike train in Seaford

Bike train in Seaford.
Bike train in Seaford.

The Bike Train community in Seaford, which aims to get more children and parents enjoying the benefits of cycling to school, was joined by the MP for Lewes last week.

Norman Baker MP showed his support and joined 33 children and adults on the ride through Seaford, serving Cradle Hill, Chyngton and Seaford primary schools.

Mum Naomi Blackwell,who had never been a cyclist, set up the group in March with help from Sustrans and Cycle Seahaven. She said: “My two daughters kept asking me if we could cycle to school and I just didn’t think it was safe enough.

“A group of us decided that if we cycled together, we could make sure that our children could be seen and encourage others to join us.”

Mr Baker paid the group a visit on Monday, October 13 and spoke about his plans to encourage cycling and make getting on bikes safer.

He said: “As a keen cyclist myself, and a former Transport Minister, I am pleased to have invested significant new sums to help get people participating in cycling.”

Sustrans is working with schools in Seaford by providing children with the skills and information to allow them to cycle the journey to school on a regular basis.

Jessie Seal, from the charity, said: “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy. Research shows they arrive alert and ready to learn and let’s not forget it’s fun, too.”

As well as the health and social benefits, cycling helps to ease school run congestion, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution.

Parent Neal Richardson said children on the bike train represented cars off the road in rush hour. He said:“It feels like we’re changing the world, two wheels at a time.”

School Bike Trains run to Cradle Hill every Monday and Tuesday morning and to Chyngton Primary every Tuesday.

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