Emily rides into town

Thursday 28th September 2017

Emily Bacon has a new bike to help her with her schools work

There’s a new bike on the streets of Exeter this autumn and it’ll be arriving at a school near you soon!

The bike in question is a very special three-wheeler and it belongs to local nature charity, Devon Wildlife Trust. Since April the Trust has been running a project which is working with most of the schools in Exeter, helping them to take their pupils out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to learn more about nature and themselves.

The Exeter Schools Project, as it is known, is being supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Its aim is simple: to make the childhoods of Exeter’s children a little more wild, helping them discover the wonders of life outside the classroom and away from the distractions of phones, laptops and desktops.

Discover and explore

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Emily Bacon is the person leading the project. Over the next year she’ll be visiting Exeter schools working with children aged 4 to 16, helping them explore their school grounds and other green spaces around the city.

Emily’s bike features three wheels, an enormous carrying bucket and even has electric assisted pedalling. It was manufactured specially for the project to allow Emily to overcome one of her biggest challenges. Emily said:

“The bike is brilliant. I have to carry lots of stuff to do my job bringing outdoor learning to children around the city. From art materials, to cooking equipment and shelter building materials – the tools of my trade are bulky and heavy. Whereas once I had to get lifts from people or use a Devon Wildlife Trust vehicle now with my special three-wheeler I have a much greener and more convenient solution.”

Going with the current

Emily’s been very impressed with the bike:

“Believe it or not the bike often gets me from A to B quicker than a car. Exeter’s network of bike paths means I can dodge many of its busiest car-filled roads. The only disadvantage is the city’s steep hills, although here the bike does have an electric motor which I can use to help my weary legs.”

Painted with the logos of Devon Wildlife Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery, Emily’s bike is getting her noticed around town, while it’s also helped the charity with another of its major aims: to gain a top green business certification known as ISO 14001. 

Speaking for the charity Stuart Hodgkiss who oversees the charity’s environmental practices said:

“The arrival of the bike means Emily will do 100 fewer journeys by car over the coming year. This will result in fewer carbon emissions, lowering our pollution outputs and ensuring that a staff member becomes fitter!”
 

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