Dunbar’s cyclists scoop prizes

Colin Cairns Ford, of Belhaven Bikes, and Laura Herkes, Dunbar Primary School's Big Pedal co-ordinator, present cycle and scootering prizes to pupils.
Colin Cairns Ford, of Belhaven Bikes, and Laura Herkes, Dunbar Primary School's Big Pedal co-ordinator, present cycle and scootering prizes to pupils.

Dunbar Primary School is one of the best in the UK for pupils who use cycles and scooters to make their journeys to school.

The school finished in sixth place in this year’s Big Pedal, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge.

This year’s competition was more successful than ever, with more than 1.4 million journeys made by bike or scooter throughout the UK.

The total distance travelled was 3.5 million miles.

The local school recorded the pupils who had cycled and scooted the most and, just prior to the end of term, Belhaven Bikes was delighted to reward them for their efforts with cycling and scootering prizes.

The school’s Big Pedal co-ordinator and class teacher Laura Herkes paid tribute to those who helped pupils achieve their goal.

She said: “We are very thankful for all of the support from the community and, with continued support, we hope to achieve the same level of success next year. A big well done to all who took part.”

The cycling prizes were cycling accessory kits, which included a lock, lights, bottle and pump.

The scootering prizes were goodie bags containing a Scoot magazine, wristbands, stickers and stunt pegs.

Colin Cairns Ford, of Belhaven Bikes, said: “It’s always a pleasure to help Dunbar Primary School.

“We applaud their cycling and scootering achievements, not only for The Big Pedal competition, but their concerted all-year-round, active travel endeavours.”

The pupils’ determination to cycle to school, come rain or shine, has attracted praise from Cycling Scotland and Sustrans.

The Big Pedal is powered by Sustrans and supported by The Bike Hub.

In making 1.4 million journeys by bike or scooter, schools increased journeys by 300,000 on the 2014 figure. The challenge is based on the proportion of the school roll taking part, so everyone has a fair chance to win. It is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can record the greatest number cycling or scooting to school.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge, an alternative version can include cycling and scooting activities during the day.