Cy­cle qual­i­fi­ca­tion for par­ents

Call to help train­ing in Perthshire schools

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Me­lanie Bonn

Stay­ing safe on your cy­cle has been high­lighted by Perthshire ad­ven­turer Mark Beau­mont, who con­tin­ues to clock up the miles in a bid to get round the world in 80 days.

To­day is Day 59 for the long dis­tance cy­clist, who with more than 13,000 miles be­hind him, has made it to Al­berta, Canada. And this is de­spite wear­ing his pedal off, a pot­hole pit­fall in Rus­sia and the rear-end­ing of his sup­port bus in Aus­tralia.

And Bikeability Scot­land - the scheme which seeks to teach kids two-wheeled con­fi­dence and road safety - has put out a call for more peo­ple in Perth and Kin­ross to get in­volved.

With­out vol­un­teers, Bikeability Level 2, a mod­ern ver­sion of the cy­cle pro­fi­ciency course, can­not be of­fered in every school.

Cur­rently 37 schools out of around 90 get in­volved in ses­sions on bike mas­tery, sus­tain­able travel, well­be­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness through Bikeability Scot­land.

Mark Beau­mont sent a mes­sage from his global cy­cle at­tempt: “Well done to Bikeability Scot­land in train­ing vol­un­teers and par­ents to as­sist in their ses­sions within Perthshire schools. Please get in touch with Bikeability to join their team and sup­port this great ini­tia­tive to keep cy­cling safe and fun for all.”

Bridge of Earn’s Dun­bar­ney Pri­mary has been high­lighted as a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the scheme, with ses­sions reg­u­larly teach­ing pupils how to stay safe on roads.

Hamish Lees, Bikeability co­or­di­na­tor and PKC safer com­mu­nity war­den, ur­gently wants to in­crease the num­ber of schools of­fer­ing the scheme and is try­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get the free train­ing to help de­liver Bikeability.

“On-road train­ing is great fun and very rewarding, how­ever the trainer-to-pupil ra­tios re­quired mean that we need as many vol­un­teers as pos­si­ble to as­sist.”

Hamish ex­plained that Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil is run­ning a num­ber of cy­cle train­ing as­sis­tant cour­ses in schools for vol­un­teers to re­ceive Cy­cle Scot­land’s na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“Those who do this get a SQA as a cy­cle train­ing as­sis­tant. Once that per­son does the train­ing, Pupils from Dun­bar­ney Pri­mary School en­joy a Bikeability scheme ses­sion which it is aimed will reach more schools they can do Bikeability train­ing at schools year af­ter year.

“We re­ally want par­ents to con­sider stay­ing on to help, even af­ter their chil­dren have moved on from the school.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact HLEES@pkc.gov.uk or phone 01738 476173.

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