Play on Pedals had a fantastic Bike Week last week, here’s some of the things we were up to…
Our first Instructor Trainer delivers her first session
We started off on Wednesday with our NEW Instructor Trainer, Anne, delivering her first session with staff at Belhaven Nursery. Anne did a fantastic job, clearly presenting the Play on Pedals project,its aims and outcomes and answering questions from participants. She was positive in supporting her trainees to have fun while learning the games and activities and offering tips and advice about ways to develop.
What really stood out from Anne’s delivery was how well prepared and confident she was in her delivery, speaking with passion about her experiences delivering Play on Pedals at Chesters Nursery in Drumchapel.
Some of the nursery staff on the Belhaven course were speaking about how they had embraced Bike Week by asking all their children to come to the nurseries with their bikes for a show and tell; the nurseries were now to keen to take their new learning back to the kids.
Play on the Longest Day Events
Play on Pedals Instructors attended two separate events on Saturday as part of the Play on the Longest Day events taking place with GCC Education Dept and play sector organisations across the city.
Emilia and Victoria attended the Maryhill Play Team’s street closure event on Northumberland Street and delivered cycling activities to around 15 children – helping one child with his first pedalling.
Tracy and Polly meanwhile attended the Baltic Street Adventure Playground event, alongside Urban Fox, PEEK, Playbusters and the Baltic Street team for a day of games and fun. We were lucky enough to have 10 children from 2 1/2 years old up to 8 years old practising their cycling skills and slow speed control with us.
These road closure events were just a few of eight events across the city this weekend that had been given free permission by the council’s Land and Environmental Services team to close the streets. Lets hope there are more to come because its a great way for children to reclaim the streets from cars and have safe play in their local communities.
Riverside Museum / Glasgow Bike Station Family Cycling Fun Day
Thankfully the torrential rain on Sunday morning cleared up and by 2pm the skies were sunny and dry for a great few hours of family cycle fun / mayhem!
There were children and adults and tandems and balance bike and cargo bikes and hand-powered bikes and BMXs all over the front court of the Riverside Museum!
Loads of children were keen to try out our Play on Pedals bikes and Instructors Emilia and Kathleen were kept very busy encouraging children with their new pedalling challenges. We saw so much improvement with the children in such a short space of time and lots of smiling faces at the end of the day.
As well as Play on Pedals, the Glasgow Bike Station organised for a pump skills track to test children’s agility and control on the bikes and it was great to see the fearless 3 and 4 year olds tackling the ramps on their balance bikes.
A fun weekend to mark the summer solstice and end of Bike Week.