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PSE - Pedalling to victory

An interactive project designed by Argyll and Bute Council to make cycling theory fun for primary pupils has been shortlisted for a major national award.

The iCycle scheme uses new technology in the form of classroom whiteboards and laptops to deliver basic cycling skills to children aged 10-12. It aims to give them the knowledge necessary to be competent and safe cyclists. The project is one of three to be shortlisted in the Excellence in Technology and Innovation category of the Scottish Transport Awards 2009.

The awards recognise and celebrate achievements in the transport sector across Scotland. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on October 29.

Pupils said of iCycle: "It sticks in your brain more than reading because you're actually doing it"; and "It was a more interesting way to learn". They particularly enjoyed the game-type activities incorporated into the scheme, such as a timed road signs quiz.

The iCycle idea was born when the council's road safety section turned its attention to how best boost children's theoretical knowledge of road safety issues.

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