Bling your bike

Bling your bike

About this activity

Suitable for nursery and primary school pupils.

Bling your bike (or sparkle your scooter) invites your pupils to ride their bicycle or scooter to school and then have fun decorating it ready for a grand parade. It encourages active travel and creativity and is suitable for all pupils who have their own bike or scooter.

At the end of the activity, pupils can parade their blinged-up bikes and sparkled scooters around the playground whilst teachers select the best entries to win a prize. Parents and carers can also be invited to cheer on the parade and prize giving.

Running the activity

Bling your bike can be held at any time of the year, but the warmer months are ideal so the parade can take place outside.

You can run this activity in a way that suits your timetable and the resources available, for example within an art class, in off-timetable sessions or for PSHE. 

You can choose a theme that fits within your existing projects (for example, dinosaurs, space or under the sea) or you could run an inter-class competition and choose a winning theme from your pupils' suggestions. 

What you’ll need

Once you have a theme you can either purchase decorations or ask for donations from the school community, or you may already have some materials you could use.

If your school has difficulty finding the time or resources needed, invite pupils to decorate their bikes or scooters at home then ride them into school for a parade and competition.

How to evidence your activity

  • Record the feedback from your pupils. Note how the activity impacts the number of pupils travelling by bike or scooter and how this has helped you to meet your targets
  • Sign in to STARS to add your story. Explain your activity, add photos of the activity in action and include your pupils’ feedback. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials

Activity contributed by LB Croydon and Sustrans.

Thank you to St Cyprian's Greek Orthodox Primary School for contributing the photo of their pupils' sparkled scooters!

Activity steps

1
Get planning
Work with your school travel working group to agree the best date for the activity and find out if there is budget available
2
Choose your theme
Inspire creativity in your pupils by having fun with your theme
3
Send out blingvites
Send out an information letter with a permission slip for parents/carers and ask them to join you for the grand parade!
4
Get ready
Make sure you have enough themed materials to go round and your colleagues are briefed on the plan for the day
5
Go bling crazy…
Have fun with your pupils creating their themed bikes and scooters and bring your own to join in the fun!
6
The grand parade
Take lots of photos of the grand parade and congratulate your winners with prizes or medals for their efforts
7
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website

Tags

  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Builds cycling/scooting confidence
  • Links to PSHE and Art curriculum
  • Uses creativity to encourage active travel

Resources

Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity