By Sara Niven.
PARENTS and pupils are being urged to get on their bikes as a way of improving their physical and mental health.
Active travel charity Sustrans is running a project across the county called Bike It, with Wool Primary the latest school to get involved with a six-month trial.
Funded by Dorset Council, the scheme offers a host of free activities, from teaching pupils how to ditch their stabilisers to basic bike repairs and maintenance.
Parents are also being catered for with organised bike rides during the school day as Sustrans officer for Wool Primary School Anna Philps explains: “Evidence has shown that getting outside in the fresh air boosts mental as well as physical health, and a bike ride is a great way to do this.
“Each of our organised rides will be on quiet, tarmacked roads to local cafes to enjoy a coffee and even a slice of cake!”
The rides for parents start from Wool Primary School at 9am and take place on Friday, February 24, when cyclists will head for the Walled Garden Tearooms, and on Wednesday, March 1, when the destination is The Orchard Café at Holme Nurseries.
Places are limited – email email@example.com to reserve a space. Bikes must be roadworthy and helmets worn, and safety checks will be made on arrival. For more information about Sustrans visit www.sustrans.org.uk