Cy­cle to school scheme

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - STU­ART MCFAR­LANE

A new project is aim­ing to en­cour­age kids to get on their bikes for jour­neys to school.

The I Bike ini­tia­tive from Sus­trans Scot­land seeks to in­crease the num­ber of young­sters tak­ing part in reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.

And it will en­deav­our to get chil­dren cy­cling or walk­ing to school in­stead of get­ting a lift.

The project is seek­ing vol­un­teers to help with its ef­forts sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing play­ground cy­cle lessons, bike rides and main­te­nance.

One I Bike helper, Dave Simp­son, said: “Vol­un­teer­ing is my way of giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity and of payin­git-for­ward to the fu­ture.

“Not only teach­ing peo­ple how to ride bikes but us­ing cy­cling to get closer to na­ture, to en­able phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing, and to de­velop a sense of so­cial aware­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“What I get in re­turn is know­ing that I’m con­tribut­ing to a bet­ter and sus­tain­able fu­ture and hope­fully in­spire oth­ers.”

All of the vol­un­teers will re­ceive full train­ing and sup­port to pro­vide as­sis­tance for the ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place within schools.

They are asked to com­mit to at least one monthly ac­tiv­ity dur­ing school hours for a pe­riod of six months.

An­nie Cousins of Sus­trans Scot­land said: “Vol­un­teers are in­te­gral to the work we do in Dum­fries to help in­spire more chil­dren to walk, cy­cle or scoot to school and in their spare time.

“Vol­un­teer­ing with I Bike is re­ally fun and re­ward­ing, with plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out­doors, meet new peo­ple and learn new skills.

“It’s so sat­is­fy­ing help­ing a child ride with­out sta­bilis­ers for the first time and see­ing their con­fi­dence grow.”

Get fit cy­cling Sus­trans project Chil­dren across Dum­fries and Gal­loway will be en­cour­aged to take to two wheels as part of the

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