Duloch Primary School is one of the most 'actively travelling' schools in Scotland!
Archived news: published on Monday 09 Nov 2015 by Fife Council
Duloch PS 'wow' at walking & cycling!
Duloch Primary School is one of the most ‘actively travelling’ schools in Scotland! The school hit the top spot three times during Active Travel month, in October, as well as achieving third place overall.
Linda Skelding, Depute Headteacher at Duloch Primary School is delighted at the news of making it to the coveted top position during the competition, and for their overall good results. She explained: “The pupils have been working really hard to walk or cycle to school instead of relying on cars as part of this national initiative. This makes the trip to school quicker, safer and healthier – not to mention more fun! Seeing it make a difference is brilliant.”
Chair of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee, Councillor Helen Law added: “This is great news! Seeing one of Dunfermline’s schools being recognised for their efforts is fantastic and will be great motivation for them as well as setting a high standard for other schools in Fife to aim for. Well done Duloch Primary School!”
Earlier this year, Fife Council successfully applied for funding from the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund to allow 40 schools across Fife the opportunity to take part in the Living Streets flagship scheme called ‘WoW (Walk once a Week) Scotland’.
This project encourages pupils to walk or travel actively to school and October was International Walking Month. As part of this, schools across Scotland that are taking part in ‘WoW Scotland’ were given the chance to compare their results to earn their place on the ‘Walk of Fame’.
The ‘Walk of Fame’ celebrates the efforts of the top 10 most active schools across Scotland and the league table is updated daily. As well as Duloch Primary School taking the top spot for a spell last month, another three schools in Fife also made it into the top 10 too. North Queensferry Primary School made it to number four, Torbain Primary School reached number eight and Methilhill primary school squeezed in at number 10 at some point during the month long scheme. Good job everyone!
Cllr Helen Law concluded: “Initiatives like this are hugely important in helping make permanent lifestyle changes for the better. We’re committed to helping people walk and cycle more often and the wider Cycle Dunfermline project is an example of how we’re delivering on that.
“Work on new and improved cycle routes around Dunfermline, which the school and the whole community can enjoy, are progressing well. The Council has now completed off-road, shared use paths on the Lynburn Corridor and between Bothwell Gardens and Hospital Hill. The off-road, shared use path on Queensferry Road, between Aberdour Road and Rosyth Railway station, is almost complete too.”
For more info on the Cycle Dunfermline project or to use the journey planner to plan your cycle routes visit www.cyclefife.com.
Did you know?
- Living Streets is a UK Charity. You can find out more about their work at www.livingstreets.org.uk
- The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiative was developed to encourage more people to reduce their car use in favour of more sustainable alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport. Read more about it at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/environment/smarter-choices-smarter-places
- Cycle Dunfermline is part of a wider CycleFife project which has been delivered with support from the Scottish Government and Sustrans to encourage walking and cycling. Active travel benefits your health and the environment.
- Many other CycleFife improvements are also underway in Dunfermline and Glenrothes, including free cycle training, newsignage and more cycle racks.
- Bikeability is the updated ‘cycling proficiency training’, but with a few improvements. It’s designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on today’s roads. The Council’s Travel Planning team encourages all schools to take part in Bikeability. To find out more about Bikeability or to volunteer, visit www.cyclefife.com
- In separate investment, Fife Council recently agreed to £1million funding towards Scotland’s only outdoor dedicatedclosed loop cycle circuit, which will be built south of Lochore Meadows. It will give clubs and groups a top class facility to develop riders and run activities.
- A third of all car journeys made in Scotland are less than two miles.
- If one third of all short car journeys were made by bike, national heart disease rates could fall by between 5 and 10 percent.
- A recent report from Cycling Scotland shows a 32% increase in cycling since 2003.