New cycle storage was unveiled at Perth Grammar School this week in a scheme that hopes to increase the number of youngsters cycling from home.
Sustrans I bike officer Kelly Fry and around 100 pupils got on their bike to mark the official opening of the storage and took part in a number of cycling-related activities, including a portable bike track to test basic skills.
Sustrans has worked with Perth Grammar for almost two years and while around 20 children were cycling to school in 2010, many more were showing interest in joining them. The hope is that by providing secure storage for up to 60 bikes, more should join them.
The school also hopes the scheme will help its efforts towards a second Green Flag.
Kelly said, “I am very proud of the progress Perth Grammar has made with cycling to school. The school was limited by cycle lockers for only 20 bikes and had a long waiting list for new cyclists.
“This new cycle storage, funded by the Scottish Government, will offer secure parking for even more children. With access to the North Inch National Cycle Network route 77, the school is ideally placed for children cycling.”
Sustrans works with 12 schools in Perth, with funding by the Bike Hub and in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council. Further details are at www.sustrans.org.uk/ibike.