Prizes have been presented in a poster and poem competition for school children promoting road safety and changing the way we travel to more sustainable options.
The Royal Borough teamed up with Frog Bikes, near Sunninghill, to run the Active Travel competition for schools across the borough, with new bikes the top prizes.
We asked children aged four to 11 to design a poster around the themes of the Green Cross Code, air quality near schools, school streets and walking and cycling to raise awareness about the impact of school traffic and the solutions that can be provided if we rethink how we travel.
A prize-giving took place on Monday 19 July at Maidenhead Town Hall where the bikes were presented to the winners in each category by Councillor Gerry Clark, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, and Josh Marchant, marketing executive for the UK and Ireland for Frog Bikes.
Councillor Clark said: “We received more than 1,000 entries and I want to thank every child for their enthusiasm in taking part. They showed great initiative in coming up with some creative designs for their posters that showed they’d really understood and illustrated the Active Travel themes in an exciting way.
“Encouraging people to use sustainable forms of transport is important for several reasons. There are environmental benefits with reducing the amount of traffic on the roads, as well as health benefits if children are able to walk, cycle or scooter to school where they can.
“There are also positives in terms of safety. Many of our schools are situated in residential areas and providing more pleasant, quiet, safe and less polluted streets for everybody has got to be a plus.”
Entries were judged by council officers and Mr Marchant.
He said: “As a local business we were delighted to be involved in this competition. We like to see kids cycling, scootering and walking to school as this is good for the environment and good for them. They don’t need to jump in the car with mum and dad to get to school – they can cycle safely or follow the Green Cross Code.
“The level of thought that went into the posters, and the ideas that the children came up with, was really heartening to see. You could tell they really wanted to help others understand the themes and encourage more sustainable behaviours.
“During the pandemic we’ve seen more children keen to take up cycling and I think this competition really captured their imaginations.”
Frog Bikes also provided prizes for second and third place in each age category, as well as prizes for the runners-up, including vouchers, water bottles, hoodies and bike lights.
Cyclepods provided Minipod and Scooterpod storage devices. Trinity St Stephen Church of England First School in Windsor were the overall school winners and received the Minipod, while St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead came second and received the Scooterpod.