A short film about cycling made by students from Greenbank High School in Southport was premiered at a special event at Southport Art Centre on 15th July. A group of girls aged 12/14 from Greenbank High School spent three months producing a film called ‘Pedal Power’ – The Way Forward’.
The film shows how they have explored cycling and the role it can play in local people’s lives. The video includes footage of Greenbank pupils, interviewing local councillors, Cycling Officers, teachers and the town’s MP. It also explains cycling skills on the roads in and around Southport, bike maintenance, why cycling is healthy and much more . The girls met and interviewed a teacher and assistant head from Holland to see how many children cycle to school there and now have a link with the school, thanks to Andy from North City Learning Centre. The girls have started their own bike club called Pedal Power and Way Forward and have regular cycle sessions at lunchtime and after school. They encourage level 3 cycle training after school and also cycle rides as part of their bike club.
Greenbank High School is also taking the lead on the young people’s cycle campaigns group in Southport. The group was set up by Greenbank to make sure young people’s voices are heard in Sefton. Young people have a right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them.