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Police ride away with award to get Biggin Hill pupils on their bikes

PUBLISHED: 16:53 21 June 2012

PC Darren Barlow, Steve Burton from TFL and PC Dave Catlow pick up the award

PC Darren Barlow, Steve Burton from TFL and PC Dave Catlow pick up the award

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Police rode away with an award for a scheme to get children cycling to lessons rather than taking overcrowded buses.

They handed over 30 unclaimed bikes from the police lost property store to children from Charles Darwin Primary School in Biggin Hill to encourage them to cycle to school rather than being driven there.

The bikes are loaned out to pupils and children have also been given cycling proficiency training and any repairs have been carried out by experts at bike repair shop Queensway Autos in Petts Wood.

Bromley’s Operation School Bike is the first scheme of its kind in the country and the officers who dreamt up the idea picked up an award at New Scotland Yard in the contest run by the police, Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL).

It’s the third year that Bromley police have won the top travel award, last year they won a prize for their work with students at Orpington College and in 2009 they were recognised for work on the 208 bus route which runs between Orpington and Lewisham and the 61 which runs between Chislehurst and Bromley.

PC Darren Barlow from Bromley Police’s Safer Transport Team said: “I am really pleased at the recognition that this initiative has received as, in addition to the obvious health benefits to the students, it demonstrates all elements of the community coming together to solve a problem. We all know that the roads get packed with vehicles at school times and here we have the local Police, a local school, a local company, the local authority and TfL all working together and coming up with a brilliant and sensible solution to the problem. “

He added: “Cycling is one of the healthiest and greenest ways of getting around and we are looking to extend this initiative to equip even more schools and students in Bromley with their own method of transport, reducing traffic in and around our schools and supporting the Mayor of London’s cycling revolution.”

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