Drivers asked to give cycle space

Cycling Scotland has joined forces with Scotland’s coolest stunt cycling team, The Riderz, to remind drivers across Angus to look out for children cycling to school as part of the national Give Me Cycle Space campaign.

The Give Me Cycle Space campaign’s visit to Southmuir Primary has been funded by Regional Transport Partnership Tactran, who are working in partnership with Cycling Scotland and the local authority to deliver the campaign.

With lighter nights and summer approaching, the Give Me Cycle Space campaign aims to encourage motorists to be more aware, give plenty of space to children on bikes and address parents’ concerns about letting their children cycle on roads.

The Riderz were performing their spectacular stunts at Southmuir primary (25 April). As well as enthralling the kids with their impressive back flips and bunny hops, the team were also running Dr Bike maintenance sessions and planning cycle routes.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “With so many children keen to use their bikes to get to school in Angus, it is essential that we raise awareness amongst drivers in the area of the need to give adequate space, as much space as they’d give a car, to those travelling by bike. Following last year’s campaign, over two-thirds of parents reported that they felt more confident about their children cycling to school. This is a great step forward in allowing kids in Angus to enjoy the huge benefits of regular cycling, safe in the knowledge that drivers will be conscious of youngsters and give them plenty of room to make an easy and safe journey to and from school.”

Angus Council’s convener of Children and Learning Councillor Sheena Welsh said: “I am delighted to welcome Cycling Scotland and The Riderz to Southmuir and Warddykes primaries. Any campaign which promotes cycling as a healthy activity, helping reduce cars on the school run, and raising driver awareness is to be welcomed.”

Iain Withers, leader of The Riderz said: “We’re really excited to be touring around Scotland again this year for the Give Me Cycle Space campaign. We’ve got the UK’s no.1 female BMXer, former British trials champions on the tour. We’re touring 39 schools all over Scotland from Dumfries to Shetland and it’s a great opportunity to show kids just how much fun cycling is and to help get the message out to adults about ‘Give Me Cycle Space’ too.”