Play on Pedals
Play on Pedals, the Glasgow-based project to enable pre-school children across the city to learn how to ride bikes, has received its final batch of balance bikes in preparation for rolling out its programme this September.
The bikes were delivered to the projects new storage facility at 100 Borron Street Business Park in North Glasgow Drawing on the celebration of Glasgow 2014, the community based project will deliver a positive Commonwealth Games legacy to children across the city, by introducing games and activities to help children develop the skills to ride pedal bikes.
Over June and July, Play on Pedals Development Officer Polly Jarman has been piloting training resources with nurseries across the south of Glasgow in both Gorbals and Castlemilk. She said ‘with the support of the North Lanarkshire Early Years Team and staff from Glasgow’s NHS Health Improvement Sector, we have trialled games, activities and training sessions with volunteers. We are really pleased with the resulting resources and are in a position to start rolling out training to more volunteers.’
She added: ‘The final bikes are being delivered this week and we have secured free storage for them through the generosity of Scottish Canals. In the coming months we will start piloting our first Hero Organisation in the north of Glasgow, with North Glasgow Homes, through the ng legacy sports programme; it’s a very exciting time for us and for Glasgow.’
The project is a partnership between CTC –the national cycling charity, Cycling Scotland, the Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It was winner of the 2014 Dream Fund, receiving £232,000 – the largest individual grant ever given by the Postcode Trust.