Following the success of Brent’s first mass cycle ride last summer, a group of 95 children and accompanying teachers and parents put their waterproofs on and braved the autumn rain on two wheels last week.
Park to Park, organised by Brent Council in partnership with Cycle Instructor, has been designed to encourage children to get active and cycle to school as often as possible, even if there is a drop or two of rain.
Liah, a Year 5 student from Leopold Primary School in Harlesden, joined in and said: “It was a great experience and we didn’t mind the rain at all! I really enjoyed it.”
The 12km route included Roundwood Park, Willesden Sport Centre, Tiverton Green, Brondesbury, Willesden, Dollis Hill and Gladtsone Park. The journey brightened up even more with some music to keep the riders upbeat.
Councillor Southwood, Brent Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, commented:
“It’s brilliant to see such a large group of younger and older residents get together to get on their bikes.
“Cycling is beneficial in so many different ways for all of us here in Brent: not only does it get us active and healthier, but by replacing your car with a bike you are helping to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of air we all breathe in the borough.
“There are lots of small things we can all do to improve the quality of air in Brent, from looking at using different modes of transport, to remembering to turn our car engines off when we are idle. We all have a part to play.”
For more information about cycling in Brent visit www.brent.gov.uk/cycling