Play on Pedals celebrates end of project, having enabled 7,148 children in Glasgow to ride a bike

The Play on Pedals Partnership celebrates the project's success
Play on Pedals, a project funded to enable every pre-school child in Glasgow to learn to ride a bike, marked the end of its current funding on Thursday at a celebratory event at the Glasgow Bike Station.

Play on Pedals the award-nominated partnership project from Cycling UK, Cycling Scotland, The Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland was awarded £232,000 by the People’s Postcode Dream Trust Fund in 2014. It was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery until December 2016 to enable every pre-school child in Glasgow to learn to ride a bike, through the city-wide training and community engagement programme.

Partner organisations, community groups, early years’ establishments, parents, volunteers and children all celebrated Play on Pedals’ achievements at the event. This included reaching 7,148 children, training 364 Instructors in 182 nurseries and funding 35 Hero Organisations to develop the project locally.

Over 260 community events have also been delivered by Play on Pedals across Glasgow since 2014, showing parents and families how fun cycling is and providing a safe and sociable environment for children to learn to ride. Over 550 balance and pedal bikes are now in use across Glasgow thanks to the project, enabling the continued delivery of training and activities for preschool children.

As well as celebrating the project’s achievements, exceptional individuals and groups were recognised with an awards ceremony and children from the nearby Derby Street nursery demonstrated the new skills they have learnt, including balancing, steering, braking and pedalling.

Elaine Kilday, an early years’ worker in Dean Park Nursery, was recognised as an exceptional instructor as she has taught over 90 children to ride a bike. Her group had previously been awarded funding through Play on Pedals as an Early Years Hero Organisation, which has allowed them to purchase more resources and to extend training to more children in the nursery, as well as involving parents and local bike organisations.

When the children are pedalling, I'm the one that's running up and down the playground, bouncing about, ecstatic and can't wait for the parents to come in...That's a feeling that I don't think I'd experienced before within the nursery.”

Elaine Kilday, Early years’ worker at Dean Park Nursery

Speaking about the programme, Elaine said:

“When the children are pedalling, I'm the one that's running up and down the playground, bouncing about, ecstatic and can't wait for the parents to come in. You're almost bursting at the seams for the parents to come in. That's a feeling that I don't think I'd experienced before within the nursery.”

As well as being lots of fun, learning to ride a bike is an important life skill. The children that have learned to cycle with Play on Pedals have developed both physically and socially, with changes to their confidence, resilience and interactions with their peers being noted by instructors. Children at Glasgow’s early-years establishments have enjoyed at least eight weeks on the bikes. 

Polly Jarman, Play on Pedals Development Officer said:

‘We are delighted to have reached so many children over the duration of Play on Pedals; we’ve worked really hard to deliver high quality training and to provide lots of fun opportunities for children to get involved, so we are over the moon to have achieved our dream. It’s been a huge but massively rewarding challenge, and we want to thank the groups and individuals across the city who have supported the project and helped us to enable every preschool child in Glasgow to ride a bike.’

Although the funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery has now come to a close, Play on Pedals plans to continue. Chris Johnston from Cycling Scotland explained:

“The Play on Pedals partner organisations are extremely grateful to the People’s Postcode Lottery for their support over the past two and a half years and we thank this funder for believing in our dream.

The success of Play on Pedals will continue with funding from Glasgow City Council as part of the newly formed Glasgow Community Cycle Network, so that the project can continue to deliver events and opportunities. Cycling Scotland has also received funding from Transport Scotland to roll out Play on Pedals training to more nurseries across 21 local authorities, so we’re really excited about teaching thousands more pre-school children across Scotland to learn to ride a bike.”


Notes to editors

About Play on Pedals

  • Play on Pedals is a partnership project between Cycling UK, Cycling Scotland, The Glasgow Bike Station and Play Scotland.
  • The project is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It won the People’s Postcode Dream Trust Fund in 2014 and was awarded £232,000 to enable 7,000 preschool children in Glasgow to learn to ride a bike before starting school.
  • Play on Pedals grants have been given to 35 Hero Organisations, which include local bike workshops South West Community Cycles, De’ils On Wheels and Wheel Fix It, and community groups such as Lambhill Stables, 3D Drumchapel, Drumchapel Sports Centre and Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust. These groups have hosted training and events as well as supporting the rotation and maintenance of bikes.
  • In summer 2015 Cycling Scotland received independent funding from Transport Scotland to roll out the Play on Pedals Instructor training programme to other local authorities across Scotland, making Play on Pedals a national programme.
  • In summer 2016, Play on Pedals in Glasgow joined together with the Glasgow Bike Station, South West Community Cycles, Free Wheel North and Soul Riders to form the Glasgow Community Cycle Network. The Network is funded by Glasgow City Council through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding stream, to deliver cycling activities and events across the city and encourage new cyclists of all ages.

About Play on Pedals Partner Organisations

  • Cycling UK, formerly CTC the national cycling charity, aims to inspire, encourage and help people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy cycling more often and safely. It has over 64,000 members across the U.K and has over 130 years’ history.
  • Cycling Scotland is the nation’s cycling organisation. Working with others, we help create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity no. SC029760. For more information please visit
  • The Glasgow Bike Station is the city’s largest bicycle recycling organisation.  A registered charity and social enterprise, it aims to encourage and promote cycling as a means of transport and preserve the environment by reconditioning unwanted bicycles and selling them at a low cost to the public.
  • Play Scotland works to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community. Play Scotland aims to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland have equal access to diverse and quality play opportunities that meet their individual needs.

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