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St. John's NS Celebrate Power of the Pedal

Owner of Gary Cycles returns to his old school to help educate pupils on bike maintenance. St John’s NS in Sligo Town promoted the power of the pedal to pupils as part of their recent Green-Schools Action Day. Following on from cycle training undertaken by senior pupils they launched their Cycle on Wednesday (COW) Days to help encourage families to cycle together as part of healthy lifestyle choices.

The Green-Schools Sustainable Travel Committee invited ex-pupil Gary Rooney of Gary Cycles Shop to visit to help educate them on bike maintenance. Gary was joined by Oisín Mooney and together they discussed various bike related matters with senior pupils in the school. Boys and girls learned all about the importance of keeping their bikes roadworthy. One of the best ways of doing this is ensuring bicycles are either kept in a shed or covered to protect from the rain and related rust.

COW celebrations at St John s NS. Oisín demonstrated how to fix a puncture and Gary demonstrated the importance of wearing helmets. “The children were amazed when I threw an egg into the air and it landed on their school hall floor“ said Gary “They probably thought I was going to get into big trouble with the Principal!” Bernard Mulhern, Principal of St John’s, said “The boys and girls then watched as Gary placed a miniature helmet on another egg, and when that landed on the floor it was perfectly intact. It was a great road safety message that will stay in the minds of pupils for years to come.”   

When the children learned that Oisín was an off road cycling enthusiast they were very keen to see his wheelie skills, which Oisin shared whilst explaining that these could only be carried out off-road and never, ever on-road. Oisín is a member of North West Mountain Bike Club (Gary Cycles is one of the sponsors) and pupils were interested to learn more about cycling clubs that they may join in the future.

“I was delighted that Gary demonstrated how to install a new set of lights on the front and back of the bicycle” said Imelda Ryan-Jones, Travel Education Officer with An Taisce’s Green School who is helping the School to achieve their Green Flag for Sustainable Travel “as well as reinforcing the importance of a cyclists' responsibility to be seen when out on the bike by wearing bright gear during the day and reflective gear during times of dusk, darkness and dawn as well as using their lights.”   

Lots of boys and girls walked, cycled and scooted to school to help celebrate their Green-Schools Travel theme. Teachers Claudia Weissman and Emma Egan were delighted for all the happy families who got involved. “It’s a great start to the day” said Claudia “and a fabulous habit for families to benefit from” said Emma. The Green-Schools Committee organised that two COW Mascots greeted all the cyclists on arrival at St Johns NS and photos were taken to display on their Green-School Notice Board.  

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