Pupils saddle up for school run

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YOUNGSTERS are getting on their bikes to push a healthy message today.

Children and parents at Dalton Listerdale Primary School in Brecks, Rotherham, will be biking to school.

They will receive a free healthy breakfast and bike health check in the event, organised by charity Sustrans.

The charity is working with schools across Rotherham to give children the skills and information to allow them to take to cycle to school regularly.

Headteacher Craig Roberts said: “It’s great to see so many children getting active on the journey to school.

“By cycling to school, children are not only keeping fit and healthy but are also helping the environment – another of our passions at Listerdale.”

Other Rotherham schools will be taking part in the initiative to encourage cycling to school.

Sustrans works in the town thanks to funding from Rotherham Council and the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.

Dr John Radford, NHS director of public health in Rotherham, said he was ‘delighted’ to see the project launched in the town.

He said: “Cycling is a fantastic way for children and their families to be physically active.

“It is highly sustainable and it has great long-term health benefits.”