Bikeability Scotland has presented its East Lothian Council co-ordinator Philippa Barber with its Annual Achievement Award in recognition of her commitment and dedication to the programme this year, which saw more than 90 per cent of primary schools in the county offered level two on-road cycling training to pupils.

Bikeability cycle training is a practical training programme which provides schoolchildren with a life skill and enables them to cycle confidently and competently on roads.

As the East Lothian Bikeability co-ordinator, Philippa (pictured) is the first point of contact for anyone wanting to get their school involved with Bikeability, become a volunteer, or find out more about the programme.

Judges commended Philippa for her long-term support for the national Bikeability Scotland programme, which has seen her share valuable knowledge and experience through delivery of instructor CPD.

She said: “It’s a great surprise to say the least! The success couldn’t have been achieved without the fantastic commitment of school staff, parents, outdoor learning instructors, connected communities teams and many others.

“Everyone played their part in delivering cycle training to over 2,000 pupils this year. We greatly look forward to continuing this training year-on-year and providing many more children across East Lothian with these essential skills to be able to cycle safely and confidently.”

David Collins, Bikeability Scotland manager, said: “We are so pleased to recognise Philippa Barber with the Bikeability Scotland Annual Achievement Award, for outstanding achievement in delivering the national cycle training programme for school children.”