TIM Warin, Thurrock’s new Sustrans Bike It officer, was blown away by the response of local primary schools to cycle and scooter to school in September.
Tim set schools a challenge; that he would match the total mileage covered by the winning school in a week in one long distance ride, adding an extra mile for each of the children’s journeys. Enthusiastic pupils from seven schools racked up a total of over 1,300 miles between them.
Woodside Academy, Grays topped the table totting up 355 bike and 152 scooter journeys to school over the week, a massive boost to normal numbers.
Tim is doing his best to match the distance and has had to split the ride to match Woodside’s amazing cycling total that would have wiped him out in one go! So far he has notched up 160 miles in one ride and is planning a 200 mile ride around the east of England, ending in Thurrock to finish the challenge.