Children and staff from Balcarras School in Charlton Kings get on their bikes for healthier lifestyles.
CHILDREN and staff got on their bikes in Charlton Kings in a bid to lead healthier lifestyles.
Pupils at Balcarras School were taking part in an Empty Car Park Day and the Bike It project yesterday.
It saw pupils take part in activities to improve their cycling skills as they were given information to help them stay safe while riding their bikes to school.
And the children who turned up on two wheels had the opportunity to take part in a special draw to win prizes.
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Along with the sessions, students from Balcarras took part in the national Big Pedal competition.
Schools that sign up notch up miles every time pupils and staff use bicycles or scooters instead of adding to rush-hour traffic.
Owen Thomas, head of the East End Road school's cycling club, said: "This is a great opportunity to promote cycling at the school.
"It has had a lot of interest from the pupils.
"Following on from the success of cycling in the Olympics, we can build on the enthusiasm people already have for the sport and we are hoping even more will get involved."
The event was organised by cycling charity Sustrans' Bike It project, funded by Gloucestershire County Council through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Jackie Hall, Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet member for schools, education and skills, said: "We are delighted that so many parents and children in the county already see the value of cycling to school and recognise the health benefits it brings.
"But there is always the opportunity to encourage more to get on their bikes.
"The work Sustrans does is vital in helping to spread this message."
Lucy Flack from Sustrans added: "Cycling and scooting to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need everyday to keep healthy, and research shows it enables them to become better students in the classroom.
"And let's not forget it's fun too."