St Paul’s Cycle Friendly Primary award

St Paul’s Primary School in Whiteinch has recently achieved the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Primary School Award by demonstrating a clear commitment to increasing cycling in the school for pupils, teachers and parents.

The school was assessed against a range of criteria – the school has a cycling champion, an up to date active travel plan, delivers Bikeability Scotland’s Level 2 on road training to the pupils, pupils undertake regular litter picks on the local cycle network and the school has a great cycle shelter too! All clearly demonstrating that they fully deserved this Award.

The school also promotes cycling in the local community by working with De’ils On Wheels community bike workshop and being in involved in the We Go Pedal project to promote and encourage more people to cycle, both of which are run by local environmental charity Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET).

De’ils On Wheels recently held a bike breakfast for the school to celebrate them achieving the award. Pupils, parents and teachers were able to get more information about cycling and walking, get a free Dr Bike check on their bike, take the wee bike cycling challenge, adults were able to try cycling and of course a healthy breakfast!

St Paul’s is the eighth primary school in Glasgow to have achieved the award and they join over 300 Cycle Friendly primaries throughout the country. In addition St Paul’s has signed up to the Big Pedal 2017 the UKs largest inter-school cycling challenge.

Lorna Ross, Eco-Schools coordinator and Bikeability trainer at the school said,

“We are delighted to get this Award. Helping the children to learn to cycle and seeing the positive impact it has on them is very rewarding. It’s great to get this Award and a big well done to everyone involved.”

“Also working in partnership with the DRCET team has allowed us to offer a greater range of cycling activities as well as being able to spread the word in the school and wider community about the benefits that cycling can bring.”

Jason Chen, a P6 member of the Eco Committee said,

“Cycling is a great way to get around the area without causing any pollution. I am really happy about the Cycle Friendly award.”

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager said,

“It has been great working with Mrs Ross and the pupils at St Paul’s on developing their cycling programme and we are wheel-y delighted they have achieved this Award. Hopefully this is the first of many Cycle Friendly awards for the Whiteinch area as we strive to make Whiteinch a more Cycle Friendly Community.”

James Kerr, Headteacher said,

“The health and wellbeing of our pupils and families is very important to us. Learning to ride a bike helps to develop the childrens skills – which are skills for life – as well as their confidence and attainment. Well done to Mrs Ross, the pupils and the rest of team on achieving this Award.”

Matt Wilberton, Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly Schools Development Officer said,

“We were delighted to work with St. Paul’s on their Cycle Friendly School award. They have demonstrated their commitment to active travel by encouraging pupils and staff to cycle to school. Their partnership with DRCET has increased opportunities for cycling both during school and with families out with school time.”

The Cycle Friendly School Award is one of a suite of Cycle Friendly Awards run by Cycling Scotland the national charity working so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely.

St Paul’s Primary Cycle Friendly School award

St Paul’s Cycle Friendly School award

St Paul’s Cycle Friendly School award