Cycle Friendly Award for Newbattle High School
Newbattle High School has become the 4th in Midlothian to be awarded a Cycle Friendly Secondary School Award - joining the growing ranks of Midlothian schools to be recognised for their commitment to encouraging pupils to cycle to school.
Aims to increase pupils cycling
The aim of the award, which is presented by Cycling Scotland, is to promote cycling and to aim to increase the number of children cycling to and from school.
Criteria to meet
The school had to meet various criteria to gain the award including: providing secure cycle parking, providing a changing area for cyclists, providing a safe route in to school, having a School Travel Plan, promotion of a school cycling club and participation in National Bike to School Week. These cycle friendly activities will continue in the new school which opens next year.
Cycle routes and plenty of cycle storage with additional security features will also be offered due to a successful bid for funding through the Sustrans Cycle Parking fund.
Praise for school community
Cllr John Hackett, Cabinet Member for Commercial Operations praised the school community for promoting school cycling as a fun, healthy and sustainable activity:
“I congratulate the pupils, parents and staff of Newbattle High School on all their hard work and their success in achieving this award. By signing up to the values of the Cycle Friendly School Award, the school is providing a school environment that promotes daily active commuting and encourages cycling as part of the whole school culture. This helps to keep pupils fitter, supports improved educational outcomes and also is beneficial for the local environment.”