Thameside students told to get on their bikes

YOUNGSTERS who cycle to school in Little Thurrock can now leave their machine in safety and under cover.

Thameside Junior School bikers were in celebratory mood on Tuesday (17 January) when Katie Van Dop, Thurrock Council’s Sustrans Bike It officer joined them to open a brand new 20-stand bike shed funded by the Big Lottery under the Active Travel Consortium.

The Manor Road school held a Bike It day to promote cycling to school and Katie was on hand to have tea with parents to discuss the safety aspects of cycling to school and do safety checks on the children’s bikes.

Later there was a bike accessory sale and all the children who cycled to school were entered into a free raffle to win cycling goodies.

The school’s deputy head Lynn Billinghurst said: “The children had a brilliant time and were so excited at having the new bike shed we had 26 more children than usual cycle to school.

“We hope the children continue to cycle to school and we plan to take part in the Big Pedal later in the year, where we hope to win some pool bikes for the school.”

To find out more about Bike It and the work Thurrock Council and Sustrans are doing to improve cycling in Thurrock, please email Katie Van Dop at

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