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!
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