Primary 6 pupils from Crombie Primary, Westhill saddled up and headed to Hazelhead Forest today (27 August) for a day of mountain biking with Adventure Aberdeen ahead of freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Aberdeen Family Ride.
Mrs Maguire’s P6 class won the trip as part of the Give Me Cycle Space campaign in June. Give Me Cycle Space is a national campaign aimed at encouraging children to cycle to school. The class won the cycle to school competition which runs alongside the campaign with an impressive 92% of pupils cycling to school in one week.
Crombie Primary also received Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly School Award in 2012 in recognition of the commitment they have already shown towards encouraging their pupils to cycle to school. The school also delivers Bikeability Scotland training to pupils to help provide them with the skills and confidence to cycle safely on today’s roads. This is ideal preparation for those participating in this year’s freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Aberdeen ride on 14 September which features a 5 mile traffic free loop starting and finishing from Duthie Park.
Mrs Maguire from Crombie Primary said: “I am thrilled that we won the Adventure Cycling Day as a reward for completing the most cycle journeys to school during the Give Me Cycle Space campaign. We encourage cycling to school to keep the children active and independent. The pupils are looking forward to putting their cycling skills to the test at freshnlo Pedal for Scotland and can’t wait to see the stunt show and other exciting things on offer.”
Ewan Wallace, head of Transportation at Aberdeenshire Council said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity for Aberdeenshire Council to be involved in this important national road safety campaign. Aberdeenshire council are committed to improving safety for pupils travelling to and from school as well as providing opportunities to increase the number of trips made by bike. Well done to Crombie Primary School who have clearly shown a keen interest in encourage more active travel.”
Keith Irving, Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland said: “It’s great to see a school like Crombie Primary really encouraging their pupils to cycle to school as well as taking part in cycling as a fun activity, increasing the pupils’ skills and independence. We are looking forward to bringing freshnlo Pedal for Scotland back to Aberdeen for a second year and hope to welcome lots of young people and families at Duthie Park on 14 September”
Registration for freshnlo Pedal for Scotland Aberdeen FREE family ride is now open – www.pedalforscotland.org