Stenhouse Primary School encourage pupils to get on their bikes 05/01/2012Posted by Amy Hickman in Asda, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Stenhouse P.S became a Bike Club in August last year and has been running a weekly after school club for pupils. Staff and volunteers involved in the project aim to give pupils the opportunity to become confident and safe cyclists. They hope pupils will not only see cycling as an enjoyable pastime but as a healthy lifestyle choice and an environmentally friendly way to travel now and into adulthood. The school will also invite parents along on some rides to encourage cycling as a family activity.
Cycling activities include skills sessions in the playground using their obstacle course, regular led rides on local network of paths and maintenance sessions. The staff, volunteers and pupils plan routes in advance so they can see where they will be going before they leave the school grounds for example a trip to Spylaw Park – the route there and the route back. This allows everyone to get involved in planning and leading the ride.
Bike Club funding has allowed the school to train up 3 members of staff as Cycle Ride Leaders, allowing them to increase the number of pupils joining the rides. They also plan to run some family maintenance sessions for parents to learn how to do minor repairs and adjustments on bikes. Two members of staff have attended a bike maintenance course and bought tools and maintenance equipment to allow this.
In addition to the after school club they ensure all pupils have the opportunity and are encouraged to ride a bike. Stenhouse primary school has also recently become part of Sustrans I-Bike programme – helping them to actively encourage pupils who own their own bike to cycle to. As part of the P7 cycle programme they will encourage journeying by bike to high school and look at safe route choices. The school also accommodates a class for children with communication difficulties. These pupils will have the opportunity to cycle within school hours using bikes provided by the school.
In 2012 the school plans to continue increase pupils opportunities to participate in cycling activities and have planned a whole school cycle day on 15th March. You can follow the schools cycling activities here http://activetravel2stenhouse.wordpress.com/category/stenhouse-primary-school/