Victoria Tibbett from Cycling Scotland, talks about the Give Me Cycle Space campaign:
This year, 2013, Cycling Scotland’s Give me Cycle Space campaign, funded by Transport Scotland, worked with more local authorities than ever before. Coordinated by Cycling Scotland with funding from Transport Scotland, the campaign hopes to encourage more children to get on their bikes for a healthier, fitter lifestyle as well as make other road users aware of young cyclists.
One part of the campaign that really got people talking was the tour by the Riderz.
The Riderz are a four piece stunt team, who travelled to 14 local authority areas across the country wowing primary school pupils. As you can imagine, they thrilled the young audiences! Between the back flips and the bunny hops, educational workshops covering route mapping, song writing and Dr Bike Sessions, the children learned how to make safe journeys by bike in a fun and inspiring way. The Riderz were met with a great vibe at each school, and across the 27-date adrenaline-fuelled tour, over 2,500 pupils witnessed the antics of the four man stunt team.
Dundee City Council received additional funding from regional transport partnership Tactran, and Chief of Tactran, Councillor Will Dawson said:
The promotion of cycling as a more sustainable form of transport and a means of improving health and wellbeing are key aims of our Regional Transport Strategy for the Tayside & Central Scotland region. Tactran is delighted to be working in partnership with Cycling Scotland and Councils to promote cycling through schools in the region. We hope that these fun events will give schoolchildren and their families’ greater confidence to think about cycling for short trips, such as the journey to school and also for short distance commuting, whilst increasing driver awareness of cyclists and their safety on our roads.
If you’d like to hear more about the Give my Cycle campaign, and the other things Cycling Scotland are up to, please visit our website.