A 'Design a Travel Champion School Mascot' competition, to raise awareness of safe cycling and particularly to wear a helmet, met with great enthusiasm from the school community. The mascot could be any person or creature wearing a cycle helmet. The competition was open to Years 7, 8 and 9 with prizes for the best entries. The five finalists all deserved to win but students voted 'Schnelly the Snail' to be their champion created by Year 7 student Scarlett Lord . German speakers will spot that schnell means ‘fast’! There was a massive voting response, with 34 forms taking part and over 600 students and 50 members of staff voting .
The presentation took place at lunch time when Apple Bikes of St.Annes mounted a display of bikes and Deborah Hadley, Travel Plan Adviser Sustainable Travel representative for Lancashire County Council came to meet up with students and provided fluorescent bike stickers and safety leaflets.
Year 9 student, Hal Meakin spoke on behalf of the LSA Safe Cycling Campaign. "It was a very enjoyable experience for all involved and we hope that the competition and lunchtime event brought the issue of safe cycling to the attention of students in this school as, after all, we are the ones who will benefit.”
Teaching Assistant, Vicki Boadle, who organised the event said "We are delighted that the campaign was so successful and welcome Schnelly, who will continue to promote safe cycling messages around school”.