Cycle Training time again

7 06 2012

Every year Sciennes trains about 90 children in basic cycling skills – first in the playground and later on road.

They also walk their bikes to the nearby Meadows for a ride without traffic.

For some it’s probably the longest ride they have ever done!


Plan Your Journey to Sciennes

26 01 2010

With the internet it’s simple to plan travel routes using things like Google Maps. is particularly useful for walking and cycling as it tends to know where all the paths are. It uses OpenStreetMap, which anyone can edit and add to, it’s easy to make sure that local information is correct.

ChangingPace is working with some classes at Sciennes (funded by Sustrans) to encourage walking and cycling using maps, iPhone apps for mapping and Geocaching, etc.

Snow at Sciennes!

6 01 2010

The recent snow has made it difficult for everyone to walk and cycle. Fortunately it coincided with the school holidays, so more fun!

Snow clearing and gritting was done first on the main roads and Sciennes Road looked like this for a few days.

Sciennes Features in New Video

10 11 2009

Once again Sciennes School had around 90 children taking part in the Scottish Cycle Training Scheme. Sciennes is one of only a small number of Edinburgh schools to provides CT in school time.

This year pupils had the chance to try a new ‘skills course’ developed by ChangingPace. This has three main benefits. It improves bike handling skills. It lets trainers observe how proficient children are on bikes. It’s FUN so it makes CT even more enjoyable.

The idea was to have the course in the open playground, but on the day it was raining so much the course had to be laid out in the shelter shed!

Message from JRSOs

23 10 2007

Hello again,

On the first of October we took some photos of people trying to cross the difficult crossing at the Mayfield Road end of West Savile Terrace. In total 120 people crossed between 8:15 and 8:50. This information will be sent to the CEC travel Co-ordinator.

We will be doing a presentation on Road Safety at both assemblies on Friday.


Sciennes Mentioned on the Radio

3 10 2007

Tom Morton
Sciennes’ Cycle Training activities got a plug on Radio Scotland this afternoon. Presenter Tom Morton (pictured) was talking about his memories of being told off by the policeman who was running the Cycling Proficiency course (when he was younger…).

He said it was a shame that all schools didn’t do it still. He also mentioned the fact that Sciennes had bikes for children who don’t have their own – which he thought was great!

Tom is a regular cyclist and even takes his radio show on the road.

Draft STP on-line

25 09 2007

The first draft of Sciennes’ School Travel Plan is available on this site.

Its 14 pages detail how children come to school now and highlights concerns that affect those who currently walk or cycle and also deters some parents from letting their children do the same (even accompanied).