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Pedal power boost for Aberdeenshire pupils

Pitmedden is one of 12 Aberdeenshire schools to have cycle parking installed.

Pitmedden is one of 12 Aberdeenshire schools to have cycle parking installed.

Aberdeenshire pupils wanting to cycle to school have been given a boost.

The council has funded and installed secure shelters, cycle and scooter parking facilities at 12 schools in the region.

The move is seen as an effective way of encouraging more children to cycle to school and reducing congestion at the gate.

Funding for the project was matched by the national cycling and walking charity Sustrans.

Pitmedden School is one of the schools to get cycle racks and head teacher Janet Hill said the initiative would help the school in its bid to achieve Green Flag status.

Mrs Hill said: “We have cycle and scooter racks installed and they are being used by the pupils. It is something we are trying to encourage and it’s a safer place for their bikes.

“We are an Eco school and this will help us to work towards our Green Flag.”

Education, Learning and Leisure Committee chair Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “Aberdeenshire Council are proud of the high standards at our schools and we are delighted that some children now have the appropriate facilities to get to school in a healthier way.”

Cycling levels in the region’s schools are 6% - based on the 2012 Hands Up Scotland Survey. This is higher than the national average for last year, which was 4.5%.

Cycle parking has been installed at 131 Scottish schools.

 

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