Wheely good fun

Busby pupils watch The Riderz perform flips, tricks and jumps as part of the Give Me Cycle Space campaign.
Busby pupils watch The Riderz perform flips, tricks and jumps as part of the Give Me Cycle Space campaign.

PUPILS at St Joseph’s primary school cheered along death-defying bike stunts this week – but it was a case of don’t try it at home, as the performers promoted road safety.

The East Renfrewshire school is one of many to be visited by The Riderz, fronting Cycling Scotland’s Give Me Cycle Space campaign.

Every school in the authority offers Bikeability Scotland training to pupils — a programme designed to give youngsters the skills needed to make independent bike journeys.

Young cyclists at St Joseph’s watched The Riderz perform their stunts, then chatted to them about using their bikes on the way to school.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: “With so many pupils in East Renfrewshire undertaking their Bikeability training last year, it’s essential that we encourage drivers in the area to be aware of children cycling on the roads and allow them enough space.

“We hope to give parents the confidence to allow their kids to enjoy the huge benefits regular cycling can bring, safe in the knowledge that drivers in East Ren will be conscious of youngsters on bikes and give them plenty of room to make an easy and safe journey to and from school”.

Head teacher Carlyn Hill added: “We’re delighted that our children took part in this exciting event.

“They had great fun admiring the tricks and talents of the stunt riders but, at the same time, were made very aware of the skills they need to be sure that they’re safe on the road”.

Meanwhile, pupils at Eastwood high have been busy organising a food drive fundraiser, to the benefit of the Glasgow South East Elim food bank.

The church-run Govanhill organisation provides food for people in need, whether they are living under the poverty line or facing emergency financial situations.

The Eastwood students managed to collect over 600 items, from tins of soup to rice and pasta, creating a munro of food for donation.

RE teacher Jonathan Ursini told The Extra that the fundraiser was “a huge success”.

He added: “We believe our message of fighting hunger is one that will resonate with the entire Glasgow community”.