Bling your bike

Bling your bike

About this activity

Suitable for nursery and primary school pupils. Supports the PSHE and Art and Design National Curriculum.


NB: We’re bringing together all the TfL education programmes, including STARS, under one exciting new umbrella programme called TfL Travel for Life. They will be the same great programmes, but with a new name and a new look, easier online process and dedicated support team. STARS for primary schools will be renamed TfL Explorers. STARS for secondary schools will be renamed TfL Pioneers.

Bling your bike (or sparkle your scooter) invites your pupils to ride their bicycle or scooter to school and then have fun decorating it ready for a grand parade. It encourages active travel and creativity and is suitable for all pupils who have their own bike or scooter.

At the end of the activity, pupils can parade their blinged-up bikes and sparkled scooters around the playground whilst teachers select the best entries to win a prize. Parents and carers can also be invited to cheer on the parade.

 What you’ll need

Once you have a theme you can either purchase decorations or ask for donations from the school community, or you may already have some materials you could use.

If your school has difficulty finding the time or resources needed, invite pupils to decorate their bikes or scooters at home then ride them into school for a parade and competition.


Activity contributed by LB Croydon and Sustrans.

Thank you to St Cyprian's Greek Orthodox Primary School for contributing the photo of their pupils' sparkled scooters!

Activity steps

Get planning
Form a team or work with your school travel working group to agree the best date for the activity and find out if there is budget available. Alternatively ask for decoration donations from the school community
Choose your theme
Inspire creativity in your pupils by having fun with your theme
Send out blingvites
Send out an information letter with a permission slip for parents/carers and ask them to join you for the grand parade!
Go bling crazy…
Have fun with your pupils creating their themed bikes and scooters and bring your own to join in the fun!
The grand parade
Take lots of photos of the grand parade and congratulate your winners with prizes or medals for their efforts
Tell your story
Sign in to TfL Travel for Life website to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos and any posters or promotional materials. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports the PSHE and Art and Design Curriculum
  • Uses creativity to encourage active travel
  • Builds cycling/scooting confidence


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