Published: 24/05/2018 07:00 - Updated: 22/05/2018 09:53

Bike safety class for primary kids

Written byNeil MacPhail

 

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Lochardil pupils Ewan MacLeod, Beth Munro and Grace Brown learn about HGV blindspots with John Mackay and John MacRitchie.

Many parents were unhappy when the Cycling Proficiency Test was stopped years ago, but now hundreds of primary school pupils are getting top tips on staying safe on two wheels.

Almost 300 pupils from primaries in Inverness and Caithness gathered to be trained in new roles as Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) last week.

The JRSO programme in Scotland puts children in control of highlighting road safety issues for their own schoolmates.

The programme is particularly empowering for the senior pupils of P6 and P7 giving them the opportunity to become JRSOs for a year.

Their tasks are to organise a road safety noticeboard; deliver safety presentations to classes or assemblies; and run school road safety competitions.

Training days were organised by Highland Council’s road safety team this week at Eden Court, Inverness, and in Wick.

At the training days the new JRSO’s were provided with information from a number of organisations to help them undertake their roles within their schools including Highland Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service; Road Safety Scotland; Breedon; Sustrans and HiTrans; Living Streets; Police Scotland and Cycling Scotland.

At the Inverness event 236 JRSOs took take part representing 57 schools, while in Wick 59 JRSOs attended the training representing 13 schools.

Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee, said: "Saving lives is what these two very important training days were all about.

"The training provided helps senior pupils to deliver the important role of Junior Road Safety Officer in their areas.

"It empowers them to share road safety education information to their fellow pupils and encourages them to adopt sustainable travel choices and fosters a safe and healthy highland school population."

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