Bright idea to help children stay safe at Boston school

A new scheme has been launched at a secondary school in Boston to help young cyclists stay safe on the town’s roads.

Haven High pupils have been given free bike lights to help them stay safe.

The Safer Cycling Initiative at Haven High Academy is the brainchild of pupil premium co-ordinator Damien Daly.

More than 100 Year Seven students regularly bike to and from the academy’s Tollfield Road site, while Haven High’s main campus in Marian Road has in excess of 200 cyclists.

Mr Daly said: “All of the staff at Haven High Academy take the safety of our students extremely seriously, which also extends to their use of bicycles. With the long dark winter nights we are experiencing at the moment we were keen to improve the visibility of our student cyclists to other road users.”

Collecting the lights.

The scheme is split into phases; phase one involved giving all Year Seven pupils who cycle to the Tollfield Campus free front and back lights for their bikes.

Mr Daly said following the ‘huge success’ of the start of the initiative, which was supported by head of year Martyn Miles, the academy will now also be rolling it out to all pupils who cycle to and from the Marian Road campus.

He said: “Staff at Haven High are very keen to encourage students to cycle to school, as not only does this support the Healthy Schools Initiative but it also means the children are helping to reduce the environmental impact of cars on their local area. This is just phase one of a much larger initiative which will see Haven High spearheading the drive to help young people’s road safety in the local area.”