Primary 7 pupils from Livingston’s Williamston Primary School have won an activity fuelled day out at the Low Port Centre after clocking up an impressive 84 cycle trips to school during a week-long cycle to school competition run by Cycling Scotland. The competition was part of Cycling Scotland’s Give Everyone Cycle Space campaign which asked drivers to give those travelling by bike enough space when passing.
West Lothian Council took part in the campaign for the first time this year with a day of led cycle rides, route planning workshops and class room activities. In total, 75 pupils and staff took part in the led rides on the Livingston off-road cycle network.
The Give Everyone Cycle Space message ran across Scotland for four weeks and was visible on television, buses, bus shelters, phone boxes and online to encourage drivers to slow down and give everyone their space on the road. This was supported by a programme of school based activities spanning 14 local authorities and included led rides and route planning workshops to encourage more children and young people to cycle to school and other destinations.
Executive councillor for the environment, Tom Conn, commented: “It is fantastic that pupils from Williamston Primary School have won a cycling trip with the Low Port Centre. Pupils from the school helped to launch the ‘Give Everyone Cycle Space’ campaign in West Lothian earlier this year. The Council delivers Bikeability Scotland training and advice to schools on behalf of Cycling Scotland. “
Class teacher, Audrey Gray, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition with a very high percentage cycling to school daily. This has made them more aware of the importance of being safe on the road and continuing to think of others round about them whilst on their bike. This competition was a wonderful initiative to encourage children to cycle safely to and from school.”
Keith Irving, Cycling Scotland Chief Executive, said: “Top marks go to Williamston Primary School for the effort and commitment they put in to achieving 62% of journeys by bicycle during the competition week. Cycling is an essential life skill and traveling to school by bike helps to improve concentration, eases congestion and keeps our children active.”
The Give Everyone Cycle Space campaign runs annually on tv, outdoor and within local authority areas. You can find out more at www.cyclingscotland.org/our-projects/give-everyone-cycle-space.