Children enjoy their own 36 mile bike fest

Cyclists from Dunbar head for the Edinburgh Bike Festival.
Cyclists from Dunbar head for the Edinburgh Bike Festival.
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Dunbar schoolchildren took their interest in bikes to new heights when they travelled to the city to take part in the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

Ben James Dorin, Anna Lyle, Catriona McPheat and Angus Welch decided to go that bit further, boarding the 07.42 train from Dunbar station to Edinburgh with their bikes and cycling home - a round trip of 36 miles in the saddle.

Their destination was the Spokes Bike Breakfast at the City Chambers which was part of the city’s cycling festival.

After some food and listening to speeches, including Alison Johnstone MSP, co-convenor Scottish Parliament Cycling Group, the youngsters then cycled back to their school by Route 1 and Route 76 of the National Cycle Network.

The National Cycle Network is co-ordinated by the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity SUSTRANS and has accessible, clearly signed routes for cyclists and walkers around the UK.

About a third of the network is traffic free, making it as suitable for safe recreational and family journeys as it is inspirational for children getting to school or adults going to work.

Dunbar Primary has won national awards for the number of pupils cycling to school.

A spokesman for the trip said: “The school would like to thank the East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service for their massive input. Also Mark James, parent and cycle trainer for his assistance.

“Thanks also to Paul from Ace Bike Co, Musselburgh, for providing spare inner tubes and bells for the children’s bikes and last but by no means least Saddlers Coffee Shop, Dunbar, for offering free drinks for the children on their return to Dunbar.”

Spokes, the Lothian cycle campaign, has several objectives:

• To promote cycling, as part of a sustainable transport and access strategy, and to ensure that councils and government actively do the same.

• To publicise the benefits of cycling for the community and individuals.