Primary 7 pupils from Ayr Grammar Primary set out on a transition mission with a difference – to cycle from their primary school to Kyle Academy.
The trip gave the pupils some experience of cycling the route and helped to build their confidence of on-road cycling. This will help them to make an informed decision when it comes to travelling to secondary school in August.
Teachers from Ayr Grammar Primary were supported on the cycle by The HUB – Ayr, South Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools team and volunteers from the local community.
When the young people arrived at Kyle Academy they enjoyed a well-earned rest and a healthy snack donated by Tesco Express, Ayr. They were back on their bikes before long, trying out the cycle trails and pump tracks with the grounds of the school.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said he welcomed the idea: “Helping our young people to grow as individuals, and live healthy and productive lives is something that is central to what we do.
“The transition between primary and secondary school is a big moment for children, with the years ahead among the most important for their education and future careers.
“By promoting cycling as a sustainable way to get to school, I hope that some of our young people will choose this positive way of travelling as their preferred mode of transport, with this option also helping to keep cars away from the school gates.”
For more information about active travel or led transition cycles, like The HUB and Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s Road Safety Facebook pages or have a look online.