Schoolchildren enjoy cycling extravaganza in George Square as Ford RideGlasgow gets underway

Published on
June 7, 2024

Pupils from four primary schools enjoy cycling fun in George Square Festival Zone.

Schoolchildren from primary schools across Glasgow launched the first-ever Ford RideGlasgow weekend by enjoying an afternoon of bicycle fun in George Square.

Children from Aultmore Park, Merrylee, Ibrox and St Mungo's primary schools, all within five miles of George Square, attended the event where they were taught bike skills, enjoyed a stunt show demonstration and got to try out cycling around the mini bike track, known as a pump track, which has been set up for the next three days in George Square.

Samantha Allen, Event Lead of Ford RideGlasgow, said: “It's been such a joy to start the Ford RideGlasgow weekend by inviting four local primary schools to George Square to learn about and enjoy all things bike! Ford RideGlasgow is all about inspiring more people to cycle more often, so we hope to see many more children and adults out exploring the exciting Ford RideGlasgow FreeCycle event on Sunday. It’s not often you get the chance to explore the heart of the city on traffic-free roads, so come down and be a part of it!”

Kirsty Gordon, a teacher from Ibrox Primary School, said: "Events like this are so important for schools like ours. A lot of our children don't get opportunities to do things like this. They might not own a bike or ever get time to go on a bike, so this is a very exciting thing for them and just to be part of Glasgow and to be out in the community is great. At Ibrox Primary we are very passionate about cycling. Every Tuesday we have a Bike Bus that brings the children safely into school and encourages them to enjoy cycling and improving the environment, so attending events like this is very much part of a bigger commitment to cycling. We will definitely be encouraging the children to come back again on Sunday for the FreeCycle."