Bike event proves popular

Primary schoolchildren in Queensferry enjoyed a fun day out this week to celebrate the start of National Bike Week.

A group of biking enthusiasts, The Vat Pack, invited P6 and P7 pupils to visit Queensferry’s new bike track at The Vat Run to take part in a series of activities laid on especially for them.

Ralph Jessop, of Mtb flo, led the event with great energy and enthusiasm, helping the kids practice their skills on the pump track. Other activities included “bling your bike”, bike passports, cycle safety talks, bike skills practice, and an accompanied ride through a winding woodland trail.

Over 80 pupils from both Echline and Queensferry Primary school took part, and every child received a goodie bag with a water bottle, stickers, key ring and various other items including vouchers for Port Edgar activities.

The event was jointly funded with grants from Edinburgh Council’s ActivCity programme, and Disney Friends. The Vat Pack would like to thank local police (Aidan, Jim, and Colin) Edinburgh Leisure (James and Robin), Barry McGuigan from Active Schools, GreenFerry’s June Jansen, and local park ranger, Iwan Thomas. The Vat Pack now hope that children will find their way back to track over the holidays, and that some will want to join a bike club which is expected to start up next year.

Joyce Faulkner, who organised the event, said, “The weather on the day was perfect, and all the children seemed to be having a good time. We were pleased to be able to lay on an event for 
National Bike Week, and promote safe cycling.”