Enthralled youngsters in East Dunbartonshire have been given a steer on how to stay safe on their bikes thanks to an acrobatic cycle stunt show.
Mosshead Primary in Bearsden and Wester Cleddens Primary in Bishopbriggs both welcomed The Riderz stunt team recently as part of the national Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
The initiative - delivered by Cycling Scotland - aims to encourage motorists to be more aware, give plenty of space to children on bikes and address parents’ concerns about letting children cycle on roads.
Mosshead and Wester Cleddens Primaries were chosen to receive a visit from The Riderz in recognition of their good work on cycling and safety.
As well as enthralling the kids with their impressive back flips and bunny hops, The Riderz team also ran bike maintenance sessions and worked on safe cycle routes to school with the pupils.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The stunt show was a real treat for the schools and a great way to raise awareness about the safety of young cyclists.
“Cycling offers great health benefits for children and it’s great fun. We all want our children to be safe when they’re cycling and, as drivers, we all have a responsibility to ensure that they are.
“I am delighted at the good work taking place in our schools on sustainable transport - including the Give Me Cycle Space campaign and The Big Pedal initiative.”
Children from Craigdhu Primary visited Mosshead Primary for The Riderz show - which combined stunts and information on safety.
Aileen Welsh, head teacher of Mosshead Primary, said, “I think it’s been wonderful. It gets the children active and sparks interest in cycling and safety.
“We’re currently working on Bikeability Scotland - the modern-day cycling proficiency - with the children, and this dovetails in with that. It’s been fabulous.”
P5-7 pupils from St Matthew’s Primary visited Wester Cleddens for their show from The Riderz.
Paul Meehan, Head Teacher at Wester Cleddens Primary, added: “We were delighted to welcome The Riderz stunt team to help pupils learn about cycle safety and to promote the important Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
“We are keen as a school to encourage safe cycling - which has benefits for the environment as well as physical fitness and well-being.”
Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “With so many children keen to use their bikes to get to school in East Dunbartonshire it is essential that we raise awareness amongst drivers in the area of the need to give adequate space, as much space as they’d give a car, to those travelling by bike.
“Following last year’s campaign, over two-thirds of parents reported that they felt more confident about their children cycling to school.
“This is a great step forward in allowing kids in East Dunbartonshire to enjoy the huge benefits of regular cycling, safe in the knowledge that drivers will be conscious of youngsters and give them plenty of room to make an easy and safe journey to and from school.”
For more information visit www.cyclingscotland.org