Sparewheels CIC has awarded a grant to purchase and maintain six small and medium sized mountain bikes for Primary 7+ which will widen the offer of bike activities for East Lothian children. Bikeability deliver training in cycle safety to get children on the move.
Benefit – These six new bikes will enable children to learn how to cycle safely and will mean that a large number of children will be introduced to the exercise and environmental benefits of cycling. This will let East Lothian school children experience learning in the outdoors, including cycling, and supporting the delivery of the curriculum in new ways. This includes delivering sessions for children, including Bikeability cycle training and mountain biking, and running training for school staff and parents who can then deliver training directly to more children.
East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service run cycle training and CPD for 100s of children and adults per year, with only a small pool of 11 bikes, that are P6/P7 size. It is a struggle to find a wider size of bikes and adult sized for those attending Bikeability training. Offering six new quality bikes in a wide range of sizes will result in far more children and adults having access to well maintained equipment.
“I am delighted as we have been using the new bikes for pupils who had never cycled before and were now able to cycle to school ” Philippa Barber – Outdoor Learning Instructor