Buchan drivers urged ‘give kids cycle space’

Clerkhill  Primary head teacher Janet Adie joins commentator Iain Withers and members of the team (l-r) Duncan Shaw, Kayley Ashworth, Ali Clarkson and Ricky Crompton with pupils from P7.''Pic Donald Stewart.
Clerkhill Primary head teacher Janet Adie joins commentator Iain Withers and members of the team (l-r) Duncan Shaw, Kayley Ashworth, Ali Clarkson and Ricky Crompton with pupils from P7.''Pic Donald Stewart.

The country’s coolest stunt cycling team, The Riderz, were in Peterhead last week as part of a cycling safety drive.

Drivers are being reminded to look out for children cycling to school as part of the national “Give Me Cycle Space” campaign.

More than 90% of pupils across Aberdeenshire undertook their Bikeability Scotland training last year, a programme designed to give young people the road skills required to make independent bike journeys.

Aberdeenshire also has 12 schools that have been awarded Cycle Friendly status. With these pupils and more gearing up to cycle over the lighter and warmer summer months, Give Me Cycle Space aims to tackle parents’ fear of letting their children cycle on main roads and give them confidence that motorists are being encouraged to be more aware and considerate of young cyclists.

The Riderz were performing their awesome stunts at Clerkhill School and chatting with the kids about cycling and why it is the best mode of transport to and from school.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “With such so many pupils across Aberdeenshire undertaking their Bikeability training last year it is essential that we encourage drivers in the area to be aware of children cycling on the roads and ensure to allow them enough space.

“By communicating this message to motorists we hope to give parents the confidence to allow their kids to enjoy the huge benefits regular cycling can bring, safe in the knowledge that drivers in Aberdeenshire will be conscious of youngsters on bikes and give them plenty of room to make an easy and safe journey to and from school.”

Chair of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Isobel Davidson, said: “This is such an important issue as we would like more people to view cycling as a form of transport which is not only sustainable, but healthy and safe.”