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Loughborough's first ever school pool bike scheme launches today

Loughborough's first ever school pool bike scheme is launching today Photo: ITV Central News

Loughborough's first ever school pool bike scheme is launching today.

Children will be presented with 10 refurbished bicycles in a bid to encourage them and their families to use alternative healthy ways to travel to and from school.

It is the second time the initiative has been rolled out by Leicestershire County Council.

The council has also installed new bike lockers containing a range of cycling aids to support the scheme including cycle helmets and bike pumps.

Two toddlers' tricycles, also donated by council staff, will be presented to the SureStart Centre which is on the same site.

Lindsey Dixon, deputy head teacher at Shelthorpe Community School, said:

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our school and our community. Our Star Travel Champions have worked hard to promote this event and we are looking forward to the children, parents and staff in hiring the bikes out."

Full report by Phil Brewster: