I Bike Kirkcaldy
I Bike is an exciting cycling project aiming to increase cycling to school, and by school pupils in their leisure time. In August 2011 Sustrans appointed a full time I Bike officer based in Kirkcaldy, James Sloggie, to work closely with Fife Council.
James is working with pupils in P6 to S3 in particular. Nine Kirkcaldy schools and two other Fife schools are fully engaged in the project for this year, and the schools have recruited pupil ‘Bike Crews’ to support James and encourage their fellow pupils to think about cycling.
Activities in the first part of the year have included Dr Bike sessions (checking bikes are safe and in good condition) and Hi-Viz days to look at staying safe in darker conditions. At one school 90 bikes were brought in for Dr Bike on a November morning, and in total more than 300 bikes have been fixed at 11 schools
For the second part of the school year, the pupils will have a big say in which activities are run, but these might include skills sessions, led cycle rides, maintenance training and ‘beauty and the bike’ sessions aimed especially at girls.
I Bike in Kirkcaldy follows similar Sustrans programmes in Edinburgh and Perth which have had great results in increasing the numbers of pupils cycling to school and outside of school, for example more than doubling the numbers cycling to school every day at I Bike schools (from 3% to 7%) and a huge increase in secondary age girls regularly cycling outside of school (from 17% to 58%). You can read more about the I Bike results by downloading this report (2.3MB PDF).
James will be working closely with the rest of the Make your move Kirkcaldy team, and will keep pupils, families and school staff updated about all the activities and events planned in Kirkcaldy in 2012.