Give Me Cycle Space!
East Renfrewshire is backing the nationwide Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
And as part of the programme, primary pupils have been treated to a stunning display of riding from one of the country’s top stunt teams.
The Riderz called into Crookfur and Mearns schools to put on a show for around 1,000 children.
Give Me Cycle Space is a campaign to remind drivers to look out for children cycling to school.
It’s the fourth year East Renfrewshire Council has joined the national Cycling Scotland drive, with schools in the Newton Mearns area the focus this year.
Mearns, Crookfur, St Cadoc’s and Kirkhill primaries are all taking part.
All are working towards Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Schools award status and are also taking part in Bikeability cycle training, with St Cadoc’s and Crookfur training on-road for the first time.
This programme is designed to give children the road skills required to make independent journeys, so training takes place on roads in a real traffic environment, rather than in the playground.
Banners have also been put up on lampposts on routes to schools to reinforce the message to drivers.
And East Renfrewshire schools have been taking part in Cycle to School Week.
The five Newton Mearns schools are the latest to get involved in safe cycling in East Renfrewshire – eight schools have already been awarded Cycle Friendly School status and 10 primaries delivered the Bikeability Scotland on-road training in 2012.
During their visits to Mearns and Crookfur, The Riderz team took time to chat to pupils about cycling, why it is the best mode of transport for getting to and from school, and also to pass on safety tips.
Roads convener, Councillor Tony Buchanan said: “I am always pleased to see young people leaving their computers behind at home and cycling either to and from school or to our parks and sports centres. But I am conscious that they should feel safe on their bikes.
“Wearing protective helmets and brightly coloured clothing and reflectors all help keep our youngsters from harm but we must also remind drivers to give the cyclists space and plenty of room when they pass them on the road.
“I am delighted the Give Me Cycle Space campaign and The Riderz have been visiting East Renfrewshire, not only to pass on sound safety advice but also to entertain the young people with daredevil cycle stunts.”
As well as reminding drivers to be aware of and considerate of young cyclists, Give Me Cycle Space also aims to tackle parents’ fear of letting their children cycle alongside traffic on the roads.