Pupils Prove Pedal Power

UK wide cycle to school competition has pupils across Dumfries showing the strength of their pedal power.

Students from Calside, Heathhall, Holywood, Lincluden, Lochside, Locharbriggs, Shawhead and St Ninian’s Primary Schools, as well as Maxwelltown and Dumfries High Schools all got on their bikes to take part in I Bike, UK’s biggest school cycling competition, in March.

Every journey to school by bike or scooter powers the school round a virtual UK stage race. The more children that cycle or scoot to school, the faster the school finishes the virtual course.

The ten I Bike schools completed a massive 3907 journeys by bike and scooter during the competition.

Over 1000 schools took part across the UK. Shawhead School topped the table for I Bike schools, bagging 4th place in Scotland for small primaries. Lochside School came 9th in Scotland for large primaries and Maxwelltown High School was a fantastic 2nd in Scotland in the secondary school category.

Sustrans Cycling Officer Rhian Davies, who works with schools through the I Bike project, said, ‘It’s great that these schools took part and did so well, but what’s even better is that thousands of journeys to school were made actively. That means more children and adults were out on their bikes enjoying the benefits of fresh air and exercise during their day.’

With support and funding from Transport Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council, Sustrans is working with schools in Dumfries to provide children with the skills and information necessary to allow them to take to two wheels for the journeys they make.

 

Published on aliveradio.net

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