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Glasgow has among the highest levels of child poverty in the UK and is hoping to ensure every child has access to a bike by opening a “bike library” in 70 of its primary schools.

Glasgow City Council is planning to buy 1,400 bikes at a cost of £350,000 in a bid to encourage more children to cycle to school. The council has also set aside another £80,000 to cover the cost of employing two people to maintain and repair the bicycles.

The scheme – which will see each school involved receiving 20 bikes – has been introduced at the suggestion of Green councillors in the city. The schools that will be targeted are those already signed up to cycling proficiency scheme, Bikeability Scotland, with the bikes likely to be loaned out to a child for the entire school year.

Martha Wardrop, the Green councillor for Glasgow’s Hillhead, told Tes Scotland that although cycling to school was on the rise in Glasgow the city’s figures remained lower than Edinburgh’s.

The percentage of students who cycled to school in Glasgow rose from 1.4 per cent in 2008 to 2.8 per cent in 2016, according to the Hands Up Scotland Survey conducted annually by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland. But the percentage of students who cycled to school in Edinburgh in 2016 was 5.7 per cent, the survey found.

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The Go Safe Glasgow Road Safety Partnership works together, sharing ideas and exploring new avenues of service delivery, but more importantly they share the same objective – to reduce casualties on Glasgow’s Roads and to make our communities safer for all.

The partnership brings together a wealth of experience and includes representatives from Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow Community and Safety Services and is led by Glasgow City Council’s Traffic and Road Safety Development Section.

The Partnership is for the benefit of all road users – drivers, cyclists, those who drive for work and our most vulnerable citizens, such as children and older people.

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BikeAbilityLogoOver the past few months we have been working on behalf of Glasgow City Council Road Safety team with pupils from several local primary schools to help them achieve their Bikeability Scotland Level 2 on road cycle training certificates.

Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need both to cycle safely on the roads, and to encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.  Bikeability Scotland is managed by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Bikeability Scotland Delivery Group.

There are 3 levels available:

  • Level 1 teaches basic bike skills in the playground and is aimed at Primary 5 pupils
  • Level 2 teaches basic bike skills in a controlled live road environment and is aimed at Primary 6 pupils
  • Level 3 is a more advanced course suitable for schools who are able to commit additional time for on road training and is aimed at Primary 7 pupils.

We have been working with Yoker Primary, Bankhead Primary, St Brendan’s Primary and Whiteinch Primary and a big congratulations to all the pupils who successfully achieved their certificates. Happy cycling!

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