It’s a wild, wild world out there and even more so when over 400 pupils from Southend High School for Boys take to the streets to go exploring Southend seafront on a Cycle Safari. For those of you out of the loop, Cycle Safaris constitute a part of the Cycling in the Curriculum project, aiming to provide experiences that are both exciting and educational. The Cycle Safaris make use of existing cycle infrastructure, and allow children the opportunity to learn about their local heritage and culture. They’re particularly great at providing schools with the chance to engage in educational activities outside of the classroom, as well as educating students on how to travel sustainably and live a healthy lifestyle. One teacher described their Cycle Safari as “the best school trip yet and completely sustainable”.
This recent Cycle Safari event organised by Southend High School for Boys utilised the entire length of the seafront’s cycle path. Cycling through City Beach provided the perfect opportunity to see how well cyclists and pedestrians can share paving- just like they do in Europe.
Having taken part in Cycle Safaris five times previously, they decided to do things on a much bigger scale this time, taking 485 boys from Years 7, 8 and 9 to take part in a 14 mile bike ride. Students received support from 20 sixth form students, 45 staff and parent volunteers as well as our 6 cycle instructors – making it the biggest Cycle Safari ever!
We think you’ll agree that this year’s Southend High School for Boys Cycle Safari was a big success – and we hope that they continue to go on Safari in the years to come!
Feeling inspired by the success of the Cycle Safaris? Why not get on your bike and cycle to work? Our borough wide map makes cycling anywhere a whole lot easier: http://bit.ly/1enqxBy