A new initiative which has been launched at a Boston school is aiming to make cycling safer for its students.
Haven High Academy, which has campuses in Marian Road and Tollfield Road, launched Slipstream at the end of the summer term with guests from local road safety organisations and an amazing riding display for pupils courtesy of professional BMX stunt rider Joe Sproat.
While performing his show, Mr Sproat emphasised the importance of wearing a cycle helmet whenever you get on a bicycle.
Slipstream is the complete package, it’s a safer cycling ethos encompassing cycle maintenance, protective equipment, and lots of reward and incentives.
It has already proven very popular and we have seen its effect, with more pupils than ever before wearing helmets while riding their bikes.
We want to see less cars around both school campuses at the start and end of the academic day, and more bicycles, to promote healthier lifestyles for our pupils.Damien DalyOrganiser of the Slipstream project
Any student at Haven High Academy can be part of the Slipstream scheme.
As a member they receive free healthy breakfasts and gain time to complete additional study, as well as other rewards – such as the chance to attend special participation events throughout the year. Slipstream members are also given their own locker and reserved parking space.
The school is setting up a bicycle repair zone and will be offering cycle merchandise through its in-school reward shop too.
To be part of Slipstream pupils must wear a helmet when cycling and are rewarded for doing so. We want to positively encourage all of our students to ride safely and increase the numbers of children wearing helmets on Boston’s roads.Damien DalyOrganiser of the Slipstream project