Stenhousemuir kids show their pedal power

Stenhousemuir primary children embraced the I Bike project which was launched at the school
Stenhousemuir primary children embraced the I Bike project which was launched at the school

A group of schoolchildren got on their bikes and scooters as part of a series of projects to promote walking and sustainable transport.

The initiatives are being run by Communities Along the Carron Association (CATCA) and Sustrans – a leading charity which champions healthier and more environmentally friendly ways to travel.

And pupils from Stenhousemuir Primary were more than happy to use their pedal power to help launch the I Bike project, funded by the Climate Change Fund, at a breakfast last week where healthy food was also on the menu.

Aims of I bike are to reduce the drop in cycling in the transition from primary to secondary school and to address the gender gap.

I Bike champions and Active Travel Champions will also be working alongside local businesses to help their employees reduce their carbon footprint through walks and rides, journey planning, bike buddying and cycle training.

It is hoped 5000 people will take part in the project in the Falkirk area.

CATCA project officer Fraser Johnston said: “We are already working in all eight schools in the Larbert cluster area and we are planning an I Bike Festival for the week after the schools go back in August.”

The project also features bike crew meetings, a free Dr Bike repair service and an annual cycle challenge.