THE school run has been made safer for pupils who choose to ride their bike in rural areas.
An initiative pioneered by Cheshire Constabulary’s inspector Phil Hodgson will give children access to free bike lights to be used over the winter months.
Pupils and members of staff at Bishop Heber High in Malpas, Christleton High and Neston High received the lights as secondary schools located within the target arera of the Western Rural Neighbourhood Policing Unit.
Bishop Heber business manager Linda Banks said: “We have students from all areas but those local to the school use their bikes. It has been very well received.
“We instil road safety in our students and this will go a long way to helping make cycling to school safer.
“So few children seem to ride their bikes these days, it is a shame. But there are still many who do at our school, perhaps as it is the best way to get around in rural areas.”
Insp Phil Hodgson, who is a member of the Cheshire West Thematic Safety Group, said that keeping children safe going to and from school is paramount.
He also paid tribute to Dave Parry of the Bike Factory, in Boughton, who donated the lights to the police at cost price.
“As a group we discussed the issue of road safety as a priority,” he said.
“We felt this was a worthy initiative which would enable us to keep the funds available by working with the Bike Factory and the three schools.
“We committed to making road safety for schoolchildren safer and this will significantly contribute to that.”
Bishop Heber received 20 sets of lights during Tuesday’s presentation while Christleton are due to receive 50 sets next week with a significant number allocated to pupils at Neston.