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Pupils encouraged to saddle up for ride to Dingwall Academy from Muir of Ord and Conon as 'bike bus' gets rolling


By Hector MacKenzie

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The project aims to help people choose active travel, particularly for short journeys.
The project aims to help people choose active travel, particularly for short journeys.

PARENTS of pupils attending Ross-shire's largest secondary school are being invited to employ pedal power instead as part of a "bike bus" project.

Dingwall Academy is sharing information about the scheme which backs efforts to encourage more people to walk or cycle to school.

Pupils, parents and staff can join the bike bus anywhere along the route and travel to school under their own steam.

By cycling as a group led by cycle ride leaders, people are able to experience the benefits of cycling to school such as physical health and fitness, concentration and emotional wellbeing.

Mile for mile, shorter car journeys like the school run can be the most damaging to the environment so the bike bus can help reduce emissions.

Go ByCycle, run by Velocity, promotes active travel across Mid Ross and Inverness, and are currently offering free cycling sessions for parents and carers to help people feel more confident to make journeys by bike.

In Ross-shire, pupils accompanied by parent volunteers are leaving Muir of Ord around 8am, cycling via Conon Bridge and arriving at school comfortably at around 8.40am.

Dingwall Academy is flagging it as a "brilliant opportunity to stay fit and stay safe".

Alice Masheter of Velocity, a GoByCycle project worker, said the scheme encourages active travel, boosts fitness levels and ensures pupils arrive at school fully alert.

Anyone interested in finding out more can email alice@velocitylove.co.uk or call 07921 843 374.

To register for the Dingwall Bike Bus, see here .

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