Posted by: rowenawilcox | March 17, 2010

School cyclists to get visit from City star


Footballing legend Scott Young will steer a Cardiff primary school’s cycling facilities in the right direction at a workshop next week.

STAR: Scott Young after scoring winning goal during 2002's FA Cup final ©Huw Evans

The former Cardiff City defender will officially open Gabalfa Primary School’s new cycle storage unit next Wednesday.

The school was chosen to be part of the Sustrans Bike It project which aims to encourage children to ride to school and now, the Gabalfa pupils have somewhere safe, dry and secure to store their bikes following the installation of the cycle storage unit.

Since becoming part of the project, the school has worked closely with the Bike It officer in Cardiff to hold Bike It Assemblies, Bike It maintenance sessions, to learn to cycle and to find out more about cycle safety.

Headteacher John Tobutt is hoping that the new facility will encourage even more Gabalfa youngsters to travel to school on two wheels.

He said: “We have around 20 pupils regularly cycling to school now and we’re delighted to have a dedicated space for the children to safely keep their bikes during the school day.

“Pupils  hope  that  by  cycling  to  school  they  will  become  healthier  as  well  as  cut  down  on  traffic  emissions  which  will  then  make  our  community  a  better  place  in which to live,” he added.

Executive Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Freda Salway, said: “Children feel fitter and more independent if they can make their own way to school on their bikes.

“It’s wonderful to see pupils at Gabalfa Primary taking up the challenge to improve their own health and well-being as well as doing that little bit for their community and the environment.”

The Bluebirds star will be at the school from 10am to help pupils cycle towards a healthier routine.


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