Annual Joint Schools Sponsored Bike Ride: Project On-going
Concern: Not enough joint schools action and working together more.
Response: An anual joint schools sponsored bike ride to raise awareness of Green United.
Support: At the most recent Green United cycle ride in July 2023 (see below) Cycle Lewes; Dr Bike and Egrets Way all provided expertise and help for a joint ride in early July and Lewes Town Council provided sponsorship for refreshments. See the slides attached below.
Keep an eye on our announcements page to find out if the project runs again next year!
Watch this space!
Joint Schools Sponsored Bike Ride 2023
On 16th July, young individuals from all schools in Lewes took part in a sponsored cycling event. They rode from the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes to Iford and back, raising £250 for Dr Bike, an organisation that promotes increased bike usage in Lewes by offering assistance with bike repairs.
At the halfway point in Iford, participants exchanged sustainability ideas for their respective schools. These ideas have been collated and will be given to the Green United Youth Board during their next meeting in September.
We extend our gratitude to the dedicated volunteers from Cycle Lewes and Dr Bike for ensuring the safety of riders and for providing clear signposting. Special thanks to the Egrets Way volunteers for offering refreshments, the Iford Estate for granting access to their community hall, and the Railway Land Wildlife Trust for allowing use of the Linklater Pavilion undercroft.
Joint Schools Sponsored Bike Ride 2022
30 young people representing Lewes Priory, Southover Primary, South Malling Primary, Western Road Primary, St Pancras Roman Catholic Primary, Wallands Primary and Lewes Old Grammar have completed a sponsored off-road cycle ride from Lewes to Iford and back. The event, attended by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Matthew Bird, has raised over £960 to date for Re-Cycle, an organisation that re-uses and maintains bikes sent from the UK in order to provide quality, affordable, sustainable bike transport working with community groups in Gambia, Ghana, Zambia and South Africa.
Said 10-year-old Finnuala, whose idea the ride was, “I didn’t realise it would be such a big thing and I think it’s brilliant that we’re helping such a great charity. Thank you so much Cycle Lewes, Egrets Way and everyone else for making this possible.” Jago, also aged 10, added, “I wanted to help organise the bike ride because it’s good to help people in other countries.”
Said Sheila o’ Sullivan on behalf of Cycle Lewes, “we were delighted to respond to the young people’s Ask for help in this joint school initiative. Events like these give young people the confidence to cycle and also to experience cycling through our beautiful countryside on a route that is almost traffic free.”
The ride, which celebrates the opening of an important addition to the Egrets Way, is one of several Green United Lewes school projects set up in 2019 and led by young people supported by teachers and the community at large.
Said Cllr Matthew Bird, who gave out certificates designed by 10-year-old Jago (see below) “I was thrilled to be able to attend the Green United bike ride. It’s another brilliant sustainability initiative put forward by local young people that highlights the health, climate and fun benefits of cycling!”