Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison was at Ballumbie Primary School today to present cycle safety helmets to pupils in a road safety iniative sponsored by Michelin and the Children’s Safety Education Foundation.
A surprise guest was the Michelin Man who came along with Michelin Factory Manager Ian Peart to give out copies of ‘Out and About’ a safety booklet aimed at 7-11 year olds.
Some of the pupils cycle to and from school and Shona explained that cycling is also her favourite sport.
Earlier in the year, Shona was official starter at Michelin Junior Bike 2012, an event to promote road safety, held in the city centre. Each of the hundreds of young participants learned about safety and got a free cash helmet, courtesy of Michelin, whose Dundee factory is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Speaking at the school, Shona said: “The latest statistics on traffic accidents involving young children means we must concentrate our efforts on getting across the road safety message.
“I am very keen on promoting healthy sport and cycling among young people and today’s event helped to raise awareness that cycling is an excellent activity and can be very safe if cyclists heed the safety code.”