Congratulations to Newmains Primary in Renfrew, who have received the nationally recognised Cycling Friendly Primary School Award from Cycling Scotland on the 7th May 2020.
The school has been recognised for delivering Bikeability over a number of years and made the transition from playground training to on-road training in 2019 for Primary 6 pupils with the support of the Renfrewshire Leisure Bikeability team. School staff have also produced a comprehensive school travel plan to encourage more children to take a sustainable form of transport to and from school and set ambitious targets for cycling and walking.
Newmains Primary also has a road safety committee who are involved in various activities including holding assemblies to promote active travel and encourage “park and stride” to improve safety at the school gates during peak times. During the current lockdown situation, the school has been actively promoting cycling as part of the daily exercise by providing example routes to families. Children have also completed various home learning tasks including finding out about road signs, the traffic light sequence and the importance of wearing a helmet through the “egg” test. Newmains is now part of a small group of schools in Renfrewshire to have achieved this accolade.
Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator for Renfrewshire Leisure said: “ I am very pleased that Newmains have been awarded as a Cycling Friendly Primary. This is in recognition of the efforts of staff and pupils over the last few years and in particular the transition to Bikeability Level 2 on-road training which gives pupils a much more realistic cycling experience compared to playground only training. My colleagues and I have been delighted to support the school with this transition and I look forward to supporting the school to re-establish Bikeability when the school reopens in August.
Sheryll Pickering, Principal Teacher at Newmains said: “The boys and girls at Newmains are delighted to have achieved their Cycling Friendly School award. Safe cycling at Newmains Primary helps to boost mental health and allows the children to arrive at school energised and ready to learn. During our period of Home Schooling we have encouraged children and their families to keep cycling, using the cycle routes around Renfrew and the local area.
The children have also been gathering their awareness of signage and creating crafts related to cycling. We have also highlighted the importance of safe cycling and the wearing of helmets by encouraging the children to carry out the Egg Helmet Experiment. As we return to school, Bikeability Level 2 training will be offered to children in our upper school (as it was cancelled due to lockdown) to further develop their on-road cycling skills”.
“Bikeability Scotland” cycle training is available to pupils in every Renfrewshire School. Could you volunteer at your child’s school for 1 to 2 hours a week to help deliver this vital life skill? Training days are run on a regular basis for any member of school staff and parent helpers to attend. If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator at Craig.Dalziel@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Bikeability Scotland Website - https://www.cycling.scot/bikeability-scotland
Further information on the Cycling Friendly Award can be found here - https://www.cycling.scot/what-we-do/cycling-friendly