Stunt riders show off bike tricks at Ossett Academy

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Stunt riders put on a show for pupils at Ossett Academy to kickstart a series of events that will encourage youngsters to get on their bikes.

Students were treated to a half-hour exhibition by talented cyclists as part of the Bikefest scheme, which is run by Wakefield Council, Wakefield Primary Care Trust (PCT) and NHS Change4Life.

Pupils at Ossett Academy were treated to a 30-minute stunt rider cycle display.

Pupils at Ossett Academy were treated to a 30-minute stunt rider cycle display.

After the show, students were able to visit stalls and take part in other cycling activities.

The Bikefest ‘eco-day’ on Wednesday was the first of three intiatives that will encourage teenagers to get into cycling. A cycle maintenance week, where pupils and staff can have their bikes serviced, will be organised at the Storrs Hill Road school soon.

And pupils have also been invited to take part in a competition to cycle to school as many times as they can to qualify for a number of prize draw raffles.

Year 12 student Andrew Seeds said: “I found the event really engaging and I think this was a view shared by virtually everyone at the event - both student and staff.

“I loved having a go on the 250m sprint activity on which I got one of the fastest times of the day of just under 16 secs.

“The stunt bike team were excellent although there was a sharp intake of breath from everyone when one of them fell of his bike.

“ As a student who rides his bike to school most days, seeing him fall ironically made me want to wear my helmet much more than I used to.”

Bikefest is designed to increase numbers of cyclists, reduce road congestion and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The aim is to get more young people on a bike and encourage staff and parents to think about more sustainable ways of travelling.

“Congratulations to all the pupils taking part in the challenge and I hope more people follow their lead and ride to school where possible.”