Cycle to school scheme
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