Buchanhaven Primary School in Peterhead has successfully achieved its ‘Cycle Friendly’ award status.
The commendation is awarded by Cycling Scotland and is given to schools that show strong commitment to encouraging pupils and parents to cycle, to school.
Buchanhaven School has a large school roll with parking issues around the school. To alleviate the problems, the school has been involved in promoting active and sustainable modes of transport to encourage more pupils to walk and cycle to the school.
Initiatives promoted by the school include new cycle racks and Park and Stride promotion. The school recently came runners up in a national cycling to school campaign called ‘The Big Pedal’ where pupils had to record how often they cycled to school over a three week period.
The school also took part in a recent campaign aimed at drivers in Peterhead called ‘Give me Cycle Space’, which was funded by Cycling Scotland in the aim to encourage drivers to give cyclists more space on the road.
The national cycling rate to school sits at 3.5%. Based on a recent survey, around 11% of pupils at Buchanhaven cycle to school; demonstrating the excellent progress made by the school in this area.
The Head Teacher at Buchanhaven School, Aileen Petrie was delighted to earn the Cycle-Friendly status and praised staff and pupils for their efforts. She said: “We felt that this was a very worthwhile initiative for us, as a school, to get involved with and obviously to receive Cycling Friendly School status, is recognition of the hard work put in by our staff, parents and pupils.
“It also sits well with our Curriculum for Excellence helping our pupils to be responsible citizens and effective contributors within the community.”
Pupils were asked to comment on what they felt about Cycling to School, Adam Szatmari from Primary 7 said: “The Cycling was great because it taught us how we can ride our bikes safely. More people should cycle.”
“I think cycling to school is good because it’s healthy and good for the environment as it causes less traffic.” Kellie-Ann Napier P7.
“Cycling is good as if you always take the car it uses fuel and causes pollution. It would be great if there were less cars outside school and more bikes.” Megan Mitchell P7.
Councillor Peter Argyle, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee congratulated the school on their achievement. He said: “I am delighted to learn that the hard work and dedication of pupils, parents and staff alike has earned the school this excellent, importantly national, award recognition.”