BMX tricks with world record holder get Melbourn and Foxton children involved in alternative transport

PUBLISHED: 08:32 18 March 2016

Melbourn Primary School year 3 and 4 pupils with professional BMX rider Matti Hemmings, county councillor Susan van de Ven and Sustrans bike it officer Will Duncan in an intiative to encourage people to walk and scooter to school

Melbourn Primary School year 3 and 4 pupils with professional BMX rider Matti Hemmings, county councillor Susan van de Ven and Sustrans bike it officer Will Duncan in an intiative to encourage people to walk and scooter to school

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A BMX star with two Guinness World Records to his name dazzled audiences at Melbourn and Foxton primary schools when he carried out a demonstration to promote active travel for children.

Professional BMX rider Matti Hemmings demonstrates some BMX tricks to children at Melbourn Primary School to encourage people to walk and scooter to schoolProfessional BMX rider Matti Hemmings demonstrates some BMX tricks to children at Melbourn Primary School to encourage people to walk and scooter to school

Two workshops followed Matti Hemmings’ demo and children tried out basic tricks, which prompted lots of laughing and excitement – and requests to have another go.

The Department for Transport is working to encourage children to walk, scooter or cycle to school, and this initiative was delivered by charity Sustrans.

County councillor Susan van de Ven said: “Cycling is definitely a joyous activity, in addition to its obvious good health and transport benefits.

“More activities will follow and it was great to learn how many children already walk, scooter or cycle to school.”

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