Getting message across about keeping kids safe

Pupils at Southmuir Primary School in Kirriemuir were treated to all the thrills and spills of a stunt cycle display on Friday - but at the root of it was an important road safety message.

Cycling Scotland joined forces with The Riderz to remind drivers to look out for children cycling to school as part of the national Give Me Cycle Space campaign.

The Riderz stunt team with some of the pupils at Southmuir Primary School.

The Riderz stunt team with some of the pupils at Southmuir Primary School.

Their visit to Kirriemuir could not have been more relevant following the tragic death near Checkiefield the previous week of popular Dundee music teacher Grant Gourlay.

Flowers at the side of the road mark the spot where he lost his life whilst cycling when he was in collision with a van.

The Give Me Cycle Space campaign’s visit to Southmuir was funded by Regional Transport Partnership Tactran, who are working in partnership with Cycling Scotland and the local authority to deliver the campaign.

It aims to encourage motorists to be more aware, give plenty of space to children on bikes and address parents’ concerns about letting their children cycle on roads.

Iain Withers, leader of The Riderz, said: “We’re really excited to be touring around Scotland again this year for the Give Me Cycle Space campaign. We’ve got the UK’s no.1 female BMXer, former British trials champions and even a mega-talented seven-year-old on the tour. We’re touring 39 schools all over Scotland from Dumfries to Shetland and it’s a great opportunity to show kids just how much fun cycling is and to help get the message out to adults about ‘Give Me Cycle Space’ too.”