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A community project which donates second hand bicycles to local schools was launched.

The Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Eileen Pallen, presented Head Teacher Lauri Ann Mackey, of Shenstone School in Crayford, with ten free second-hand bicycles along with some safety equipment.

The bicycles were given to the school as part of a community partnership between the London Borough of Bexley, the Metropolitan Police and Sidcup Cycle Centre. This enables second hand bikes that have been traded in for new bicycles to be upgraded. The bicycles are checked and repaired by volunteers from the Sidcup Cycle Centre and are then donated, along with safety equipment such as helmets and high visibility vests, to local schools.

To date over thirty bicycles have been reused and schools which have benefited include Shenstone School in Crayford and Northwood Primary School in Erith.

Cabinet Member, Councillor Peter Craske said, “It’s good to see local people benefiting from this community partnership. Cycling is a great way to keep fit and there are a range of free cycle training events that residents can take advantage of”.

Adults wanting to learn how to cycle can go along to one of the 'Bexley Bike Day' events which are held regularly in the borough. 

The Council will also be running level two Bikeability courses during the Easter holidays, for children aged 10 and above, who would like to learn how to cycle safely on the road. These courses are free of charge. Children must have their own road-worthy bicycle and helmet, and be able to ride confidently.

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