THE number of Welsh pupils who cycle to school regularly has trebled in just a few months.

Forty-two schools in Wales who joined Sustrans Cymru’s Bike It Programme, supported by the Welsh Government, saw 27 per cent of pupils arrive by bike once a week. This was up from just 9 per cent at the start of the school year.

The number of children saying they got a lift to school at least once a week fell from 63 per cent to 53 per cent.

Sustrans’ involvement with the schools includes working with staff, parents and pupils to encourage more cycling to school through activities such as bike maintenance, route planning, cycle skills and the installation of facilities like bike racks in partnership with councils.