19 November 2014

Look out for Piers the Meercat!

Children from Moulsecoomb Primary School will welcome a special visitor next week..

Road safety mascot ‘Piers the Meercat’ will arrive at the school to meet the children and present an award.

The school is the second in the city to achieve bronze level in the national Modeshift STARS accreditation, in recognition of its work to promote safe, active and sustainable travel to school.

Moulsecoomb Primary was one of several schools chosen by Brighton & Hove City Council to receive extra funding through the Local Sustainable Travel Fund (LSTF) and has been working with the Sustrans ‘Bike It’ project to promote cycling to pupils and their families.

The ‘Bike It’ project has now become part of the school community and is very well known and supported locally.  

The school has also hosted many Dr Bike events, Cycle Sports days, Learn to Ride sessions and bike clubs. Future projects include plans to build a cycle track on the school grounds involving the local community, promoting ‘park and stride’ to ease congestion outside the school and producing an active travel map with information such as good cycle routes, bus stops and places to park, all added on by the children.

Transport councillor Ian Davey said: “It’s great to see how cycling has become part of the culture at Moulsecoomb school and that so many children are now enjoying the benefits of riding to school.”