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  • Writer's pictureHayley Jackson

Bike Library Coming Soon to Stepney

Letter are being sent out regarding an exciting event that is taking place shortly. Here is a copy of the letter: You will need to return the slip on the letter if you are interested in this.

Dear Parents/Guardians

I am pleased to inform you that Stepney Primary School has been selected for a project aimed at encouraging children to take up cycling. The project is being delivered by local charity R-evolution and has been funded by Northern Powergrid as a ‘thank you’ to the local community for its support and patience while the company carried out extensive roadworks to lay new electricity cables earlier this year.

A ‘Bike Library’ is being set up, making 40 cycles available for your child to take and use at home for FREE. The project is run by the local charity R-evolution, who also train cycle mechanics and sell bikes at Trinity Market.

NB Please note that there is a maximum of 40 bikes so we may not be able to accommodate everyone who applies.

R-evolution will be at the school on Friday 24th September 2021 from 8:00am to launch the project where a range of cycles will be available on the day along with helmets and advice.

Loan periods are for 12 months.

Bikes will be maintained by R-evolution at various stages throughout the year.

R-evolution are also trying to collect as many unwanted cycles as possible in an effort to extend the Bike Library and enable more children to enjoy cycling. If you have any unwanted bikes cluttering up your shed or garage, then we would be delighted if you could bring them along and donate them on the day. These bikes will then be refurbished and safety checked before being added to the library.

R-evolution will be on the school netball court at both the start and end of the day to open the library and we are looking forward to meeting you then.

Powering electricity safety with Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid is responsible for the electricity distribution network that powers your everyday life. With more than 63,000 substations and 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables in its operating area, safety is the network operator’s top priority. Protecting its electrical equipment and delivering electricity safely for 8 million customers is at the heart of everything it does. Electrical equipment carrying thousands of volts is enclosed behind secure doors and fences, overhead electricity equipment is out of reach and yellow Danger of Death warning signs are placed on substation fences, poles and other equipment to constantly alert people to the dangers and to stay safe and away.

Vandalism and people straying too close the power network can cause series injuries or at worst fatalities. It can also result in equipment being left damaged, putting passers-by at risk, as well as causing power cuts for thousands of people and damage which Northern Powergrid’s expert teams have to make safe and repair.

As part of the day, Northern Powergrid’s safety presenter will share safety advice to help your child learn about your local electricity network, how to stay safe and what to do if they ever need to call for help by dialling 105, the free number to report a power cut or electricity emergency. As part of the day they will also find out about lots of free education activities available on to learn about electricity.

Yours faithfully, John Marshall

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