Four more officers will deliver cycle training and activities at schools across Scotland, as part of our highly successful I Bike project.
We are delighted to announce that two new officers will deliver the Sustrans Scotland I Bike programme in North Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire for the first time. We have also recruited two further officers to work alongside the existing I Bike officers in East Dunbartonshire and Midlothian, taking the size of the programme to a historic high.
Since 2009, I Bike - which works with schools to promote cycling walking and scootering - has reached over 41,200 pupils in 206 schools, with Bikeability supported at 98 schools. The programme not only enables children, parents and teachers to travel more actively and more confidently but supports travel schemes such as park and stride and car sharing where appropriate.
The four new officers bring the total number of I Bike officers to 13, working in 11 local authority areas across Scotland including; Perth, Fife, Falkirk, North Ayrshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Dumfries & Galloway.
Since the start of 2016 I Bike officers have already run more than 400 inspiring activities - including led rides and walks, bike maintenance sessions, bike breakfasts, Bikeability Scotland training, learn to ride and playground cycle skills sessions. These new officers will spread the programme’s impact even further, helping thousands more children across Scotland to improve their cycling confidence.
Volunteers are also critical to the success of the I Bike programme - and to date 64 have assisted with the delivery of encouraging and increasing the confidence, road awareness and skills of children cycling, walking and scooting.