Health - Ringing the changes

1st October 2010 at 01:00

A new world record has been set (subject to Guinness Book of Records confirmation) for simultaneous bicycle bell-ringing.

Eight nursery, primary and secondary schools in Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire and a further 10 across East Renfrewshire, Moray, Aberdeen and Edinburgh took part in the challenge last week, as teachers attending the Scottish Learning Festival watched the event live on Glow, the schools intranet.

Altogether, 2,484 bicycle bells were rung simultaneously at 1pm on Wednesday, September 22, to the tune of The Blue Danube, played especially for the event by the radio station Classic FM.

The event was set up to mark European Car Free Day and to demonstrate pupils' support for sustainable transport. The idea came from Mark Kiehlmann, a community activist who runs East Dunbartonshire's Cycle Co- op.

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