Young cyclists enjoy Brent on two wheels

22 July 2016

Taking advantage of the glorious summer sunshine a group of 50 children and accompanying teachers and parents took in some of Brent's sights and parks on two wheels.


Park to Park, organised by Brent Council in partnership with Cycle Instructor, was designed to encourage children to cycle to school, especially as they prepare to travel to secondary school independently.


Maxim Haddaway a pupil from Leopold Primary School said: "I really liked the Park to Park ride. It was hard to cycle from Roundwood Park all the way to Gladstone Park but it was worth it because we all felt healthier and stronger at the end. I felt safe because the instructors and teachers taught us how to ride safe and ensured cars kept away from us. The clowns on bikes entertained us at the start, during the break and put on a show at the end."


The 12km route took in Roundwood Park, Willesden Sport Centre, Tiverton Green, Brondesbury, Willesden, Dollis Hill and Gladstone Park. Along the way there was music, and the Cycle Clowns provided additional entertainment that made the day a great success.


Anita Murray, parent, said: "A great initiative that served to inspire and motivate children to ride. Well organised and fun, there was a real sense of community bringing together pupils, teachers, parents, the council and police - even mobile music adding to the spirit of the event. Can't wait for another one!"


Mrs Kendall, Leopold Primary School Head Teacher, said: "This was an enjoyable day out for parents, children, teachers and officers from the Metropolitan Police. The event gave us an opportunity to unite during his fun ride that was well organised. The length of the ride was challenging but the amazing atmosphere made it most enjoyable. Leopold PS cannot wait until the next event."


Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council expressed how great it was see so many young people taking an interest in cycling saying: "Cycling is beneficial for the whole borough. If even a few people replaced their car with a bike for the short journey to the school, imagine how much less congested our roads would be."


"Travelling around by bike is the absolute best way to explore all that Brent has to offer. There's no better way to see, feel and experience the borough - and way better than seeing it from behind the glass of a car window."



The event was such a success that Brent Council plan to make it a yearly event.