Bury Rickshaw ferries students from Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary to sports day as it announces plans for new e-bike
The Bury Rickshaw stepped in to ferry students to their sports day as it announced plans for a new e-bike children could pedal to and from school.
Year 1 pupils from Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary were picked up by four separate rickshaws and taken to Bury Rugby Club for their day of activities yesterday.
It comes as the team has announced plans to introduce a new four-wheeled, multi-person e-bike which will encourage active travel among students and reduce pollution in the town centre.
The idea is a joint collaboration between the rickshaw team, West Suffolk Hive and Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary, and will see students picked up and dropped off on the school run.
Libby Ranzetta, co-chair of the Bury Rickshaw, said fund-raising still needed to be done for the new e-bike, but next Spring was likely to be when it would be ready for use.
“Cycling is a great way to travel around Bury, and this project will be a fun and safe way to get young children riding whilst at the same time reducing the number of cars in the town centre during busy periods," she said.
The plan is for members from the rickshaw team to drive the e-bike, which will initially cost £15,000 and £1,500 to run per year from then on.
The stakeholders hope to offer the service free, and funding will be sought through grants and corporate sponsorship.
Lorraine Ratcliffe, headteacher of Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary School, said: "Our pupils, parents, teachers and governors are excited about the bicycle bus project and as part of the project steering group we are now looking forward to working on the practicalities of routes and timings.”
Steph Holland, CEO of West Suffolk Hive, said: “The pupils have told us that they are concerned about the impact of car use on air quality and climate change.
"They see this project as helping to address those things, which is brilliant.
"Hopefully the bus will be a win-win for everyone: the children, parents, local residents and the climate!"