Selwyn House pupils take Christchurch cycle-ways idea international

GOING INTERNATIONAL: A group of Selwyn House pupils have placed third in an international problem solving competition with their community-based initiative to get people using Christchurch's new cycle-ways.

Selwyn House pupils have taken their Let’s Bike Christchurch initiative to the United States to finish third in an international problem-solving competition.

A team of nine pupils travelled to La Crosse, Wisconsin to compete in the future problem-solving international conference.

The team was third in the middle division of the community problem-solving section. They were required to find an issue in the community and work find a solution.

Stemming from a class project, the group of year 7 and 8 pupils wanted to promote the city’s cycleways by creating bike cut-outs, which are then decorated and hidden in places along the cycle routes.

For the competition, the team had to create a written report, video and take part in an interview.

Previously the team took the idea to the city council’s infrastructure, transport and environment committee.

Those who find the bike cut-outs while cycling can upload a photo of themselves holding it to social media with the hashtag #letsbikechch for a chance to win prizes.

The pupils drew inspiration for their project from the Pokemon Go app and a public art project in 2014 where 99 giraffe sculptures were placed around the city.