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Published 12 December 2018

Linnvale Primary School can offer more pupils the opportunity to participate in the Bikeability programme after receiving funding for new bikes and helmets from Cycling Scotland.

The 10 new bikes will offer pupils and their families the opportunity to take part in cycling, and is among a number of initiatives by the school to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils and their families.

The school has been fostering Inclusive learning and links with the school community and the additional bikes will encourage parents to visit the school and support their children on the Bikeability programme.

The Council’s road safety officer along with the school’s Health & Wellbeing Coordinator plan to offer Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training to senior pupils.  Pupils’ who successfully complete the programme, will enjoy cycling events along the NCP route 7 cycle path situated near the school which is an ideal location to explore the surrounding area.

Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “West Dunbartonshire Council has always been committed to promoting cycling and its benefits to pupils. Research shows getting people, of all ages and abilities, cycling from a young age has health benefits well into adulthood.  It is great to see how keen the children at Linnvale Primary are to participate in cycling and the commitment from the school to encourage it.”

Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: Cycling is a great outdoor sport which can be enjoyed by all the family.  I’m sure the additional bikes will be well used by pupils to grow their confidence and learn an essential life skill of safely riding a bike.

The school would also like to express their thanks to local business, Magic Cycles, for help in purchasing the bikes and for arranging a bike workshops to show pupils and their parents how to look after and maintain their bikes.