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Council's cycling scheme for school pupils up for national award

A cycle training scheme for primary school pupils has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Council’s cycling scheme for school pupils up for national award

A cycle training scheme run by East Renfrewshire Council for primary school pupils has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Bikeability programme, which has been running for eight years, aims to give pupils the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on roads.

Having been at the forefront of delivering the programme since 2010, the Council has now been shortlisted in the Scottish Transport Awards for the 'Best Practice in Travel to School and Work Scheme' category.

Councillor Alan Lafferty, Convener for Environment, said: "This is fantastic recognition for the work that our staff in Prevention services have put into growing and developing this scheme each year. Through our Bikeability programme we are able to provide our young people with a crucial skill which will service them well throughout their life. It also plays a key part in developing the Council's Active Travel Plan, giving children the skills they need to cycle safely to school. We are committed to ensuring every child has access to cycle training as a life skill, and want to encourage as many people as possible to cycle for every day journeys as we all know the fantastic health benefits this can provide. Having made the shortlist for this national award, hopefully we can go one step further and win this accolade."

East Renfrewshire is one of only two local authorities in Scotland to have delivered the Level 2 cycle training to all of its 24 primary schools.

In addition, more than 100 primary 7 pupils from 10 primary schools have successfully completed the Level 3 course, a significantly higher figure than any other local authority in Scotland.

Aiming to better equip pupils to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school, the Bikeability Level 3 programme teaches pupils who have successfully attained a high standard in Level 2 advanced skills including journey planning, hazard perception and the use of multi-lane roads in more complex traffic situations.

This modern version of the cycle proficiency course takes place on local streets and is delivered by Council staff and volunteers who are assisted by fully qualified Cycle Scotland Cycle Trainers to give pupils a real cycling experience.


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