EVERY four-year-old in Glasgow is set to be taught how to ride a bike, thanks to £232,000 investment by the People’s Postcode Trust dream fund.
Organisers hope the Play on Pedals scheme will be repeated across the country if successful and will encourage youngsters into a life of cycling.
Development officer Polly Jarman said: “By teaching kids to ride a bike at an early stage, we hope they establish a lifelong relationship with cycling and its many health, environmental and social benefits.
“By providing resources and training in local communities, we aim to end exclusion from cycling for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and remove the financial strain which some parents may associate with cycling.
“In creating a future generation of cyclists, we hope to make Glasgow a more cycle-friendly city as a whole, delivering our own lasting legacy in the wake of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
More than 7,500 four-year-olds will be given cycle training at nurseries and other venues over the next two years, while Play on Pedals will have 500 bikes for youngsters and relatives to try, to encourage families to cycle together.
An annual bike swap will be staged to ensure cycles are re-used as children grow.The scheme will be jointly run by CTC, Cycling Scotland, Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland.
This week, we asked southsiders: do you think the Play on Pedals scheme should be rolled out throughout Scotland?
Paul Lumsden (41), from Clarkston, out shopping with son Fraser (3), said: “It’s a good thing and I think it will help to give children more awareness on the roads. Safety is the priority and this can only help make it safer for kids.”
Peter Ritchie (30), from Shawlands, told The Extra: “Scotland clearly has to do more to encourage a healthy lifestyle and this is a good initiative which will help to get kids outside, rather than stuck indoors.”
For Merrylee man Adam Johnston (25), “this is just one of a number of schemes which will help encourage people of many ages to cycle.
“There are far too many cars on roads so it’s good that measures are being taken.”
And 70-year-old Gregor Brash, from Newton Mearns, added: “It’s a good use of resources. Anything to encourage children to get on bikes now will set a good precadent for the future . It will help the environment.”