Dunbog pupils win Fife’s Bike Week Challenge

Dunbog Primary School pupils celebrate being Bike Week champions with travel plan co-ordinator Marta Ramage.
Dunbog Primary School pupils celebrate being Bike Week champions with travel plan co-ordinator Marta Ramage.
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Children across the Kingdom were getting on their bikes during the recent National Bike Week – especially those at Dunbog Primary School in north east Fife.

Sixty schools took part in the National Bike Week Challenge which encouraged pupils to cycle, as part of their school travel plan.

Unannounced spot checks were carried out, and Dunbog Primary School came out on top with 81 per cent of the school roll using their bikes. Culross Primary School came a close second with 80 per cent and Coaltown of Balgonie was third with 72 per cent of pupils choosing to cycle to school that week.

Fiona Hynes, headteacher at Dunbog Primary, was delighted the school won the Bike to School Week award for the third year running.

She said: “It was a real team effort between parents, staff and pupils to make this a success.

“It was such a positive week, with many children improving their confidence and cycling ability. We saw pupils encouraging each other and sharing their bikes to make sure everyone took part. The children definitely deserve this award for all their efforts and we are very proud of them.”

Councillor Pat Callaghan, spokesman for environment and transportation, said over half of the schools taking part had at least 10 per cent of pupils travelling to school on their bikes.

He added: “We’re proud of our track record for encouraging people to cycle and initiatives like this are a great way to help people get into the habit of cycling more often.”

Visit the new CycleFife website for journey planning, information on Fife’s latest infrastructure upgrades and cycle training opportunities.