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Good News Thursday 7

Thu 3rd September 2015 - News

Good Morning. Let’s start the day with some good news!

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This school year Sustrans Scotland will engage up to 14,400 school its I Bike project, which works in Scotland’s schools to get more young people cycling and walking. In 2015-16 I Bike has expanded and now operates in nine local authorities across Scotland.

Sustrans Scotland’s cycling officers deliver a planned programme of activities designed to bring about long term behavioural change. In particular, the scheme delivers practical solutions to tackle (1) the drop in cycling rates among pupils as they move from primary school to secondary school, and (2) the gender gap that sees fewer girls than boys choosing to cycle to school.

Commenting on the expansion of I Bike, John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said: “Our work in Scotland’s schools is giving children the skills and confidence they need to travel to school under their own steam and I’m delighted that it will reach a record number of pupils across Scotland this school year.

“Taking the school run by foot, bike, scooter or skates benefits the health of children and young people by incorporating a bit of physical activity into their daily routine. And, the evidence shows pupils getting to school under their own steam turn up more alert and ready to face the day than if they had arrived by car.”

Derek MacKay, Minister for Transport & Islands said: “It is clear I Bike is a real success with up to 14,000 school pupils participating in the scheme this year across more local authorities than ever before. I am delighted so many children are cycling to school, resulting in fewer car journeys on the school run.

“Getting pupils excited about active travel is a key way forward if we are to meet our shared vision for cycling. Through an increase in funding for behaviour change projects such as I Bike, the Scottish Government is helping to cut carbon emissions while getting the nation healthier.”

For more information on the I-Bike scheme, go to the Sustrans website:


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The Ian Landles Archive, an oral history collection from Scottish Borders Council Archive Service, featuring fantastic material about the First World War, the old Borders railway and the suffragettes. #clickhear #IanLandlesArchive

Scran’s work with Skills for the Future trainees on The Scotsman Collections, a rich seam of social history on Scran.

New Pathfinders about Scotland’s historic properties in English and Gaelic, developed in partnership with Historic Scotland.

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…with not one but two sessions. The first of the sessions ran yesterday on 2nd September from 4pm to 4.45pm linking Scots language & sustainable food. Don’t worry if you missed the screening as you can watch back on the Watch Again feature.

The second session will be on 8th September, from 11:00 to 11:45 featuring pupils from Doune Primary School talking about their community One Planet Picnic and is suitable for pupils & teachers aged 3 – 18.  Register here to join in. Good for you and Good for the planet, you can use your One Planet Picnic for learning and teaching about sustainable food across the curriculum.  Celebrate with seasonal Scottish ingredients, some of which you may be growing locally.  A perfect way to mark this Scottish Year of Food and Drink. If you are unable to join us live, both sessions will be made available on Glow TV’s Watch Again feature.



We would like to build a fantastic image bank of LfS in action. With such a huge number of member organisations there must be some fantastic visual demonstrations of the work being done in the LfS community all round Scotland. We don’t just want to share your good news every Thursday, we’d like to celebrate it every day in every way possible. We have lots of ways to help you promote the good work that you do – including featuring your details on our members page and of course, Good News Thursdays. We also have our monthly e-bulletin, website and regular communications to our members and the wider LfS community.

Do you have good quality photographs that tell a fantastic story of the work that you are doing? And, would you like us to use your images in unique ways when we’re sending out our communications? We’d love to showcase what you’re doing for our promotional materials. Yes, of course we can source good photographs and images the usual way, but we’re about promoting the work that real people do, in real ways every day – wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to show our members in action?

If you would like to provide images to the LfS Scotland image bank, please get in touch with Abi Cornwall. We will never use your images without your knowledge and blessing and we’ll always credit the organisation, the photographer and provide information on the context of the photograph. Just another way for us to spread the joy of the hard work our members carry out each and every day.

Good News Thursday…

…is a new weekly platform for you – LfS Scotland’s members – to celebrate the great work that our members have been doing. Let us shout it from the mountain tops to over 900 people across Scotland. If you have some good news you’d like to share, please email Abi Cornwall, Development Officer. Please remember you have to be members of LfS Scotland for inclusion. Not sure if you’re a member? Click here for details.