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    New Farm is a cycle friendly school

    Thu, 26 Jun 2014

    New Farm cycle friendly

    New Farm Primary School was recognised at a recent award ceremony for achieving a Cycle Friendly School Award, becoming only the fourth school in East Ayrshire to be recognised by Cycling Scotland for their efforts and commitment to promoting cycling.

    The Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award is a nationally recognised award for all primary schools in Scotland who are working to increase the numbers of pupils who choose to cycle to school. The aim is to encourage cycling as part of a whole school culture, benefitting the children’s health and also the environment.

    The award is hot on the heels of another great success for New Farm Primary who came fifth in Scotland in the Big Pedal 2014 in the category for schools with over 150 pupils.

    Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety said: “New Farm Primary is working very hard to promote cycling among its staff and pupils and their hard work and determination has certainly paid off. Receiving a Cycle Friendly School Award and also placing highly in the Big Pedal 2014 is worthy recognition.”

    Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Spokesperson for Promoting Lifelong Learning, attended the ceremony with Councillor Cook. She said: “Teacher John McCracken has successfully encouraged the young people from New Farm, and his fellow teachers, to cycle to school. He has worked closely with the Road Safety Team to deliver cycle training and has ensured that there is sufficient cycle storage at the school. Cycling is a great way for pupils to stay fit and healthy but it also has a positive effect on the environment so I applaud their achievements and hope that even more schools will follow suit.”

    To find out more about Cycle Friendly Schools visit www.cyclingscotland.org for an online guide or contact Christine McManus on 01563 503136 – christine.mcmanus@ayrshireroadsalliance.org

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