Media Release: Advisory – media opportunity – 16 year-old BMX stunt rider wheelies over head teacher sitting at his desk

YOU are invited to send a photographer / reporter / camera crew to a photocall at: Auchinairn Primary School, Beech Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 1NE (on Thursday 19 May 2011 at 13:45 for 14:00) to mark the seventh primary school in Bishopbriggs to receive the Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award; making Bishopbriggs the first town in Scotland to have all the primary schools make the grade.

This certification has also resulted in a three-fold increase in cycling to primary schools in the area.

BMX rider, Christopher Eastwood (16) (aka Katman), who has recently performed with The Clan, the entertaining and interactive bike stunt show, will pull a wheelie over the desk of the head teacher of Auchinairn Primary School as he sits trying to get his work done. Primary pupils from Bishopbriggs will be looking on in amazement. He might even jump over the head if pushed!

There are seven primary schools in Bishopbriggs, all of whom have achieved the Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award. All seven head teachers will sit on a ‘cosybike’, a seven-seater conference bike, with primary pupils hanging off the sides.

Achinairn Primary School, Beech Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 1NE

13:45 for 14:00 start
Thursday 19 May 2011

Contact on the day: Mark Kiehlmann from (East Dunbartonshire’s) ED’s Cyle Co-op, who promote cycling to children and adults in East Dunbartonshire and who have inspired all the Bishopbriggs Primary Schools to sign up for Cycling Scotland Cycle Friendly School Award, will be available for interview – T: 07866 423391.

Head teachers from Auchinairn, Balmuildy, Meadowburn, St.Matthew’s, St. Helen’s, Wester Cleddens and Woodhill Primary Schools in Bishopbriggs will also be available for interview.

(RSVP:  if you are attending – Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E:


Further information:

Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly School Award
Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly School Award is a nationally recognised award for all Primary Schools in Scotland who are committed to increasing the number of children cycling to school. The aim is to encourage cycling as part of a whole school culture of cycling to benefit both children’s health and their environment and can contribute to Health Promoting School and Eco-School initiatives.

ED’s [East Dunbartonshire] Cycle Co-op aims to promote cycling to children and adults in East Dunbartonshire. ED’s Cycle Co-op is a not for profit community social enterprise that is registered as a Scottish Company. There are currently four member of the board, who are all volunteers for the project.

Alasdair Macdonald is a committed cyclist, former Head Teacher at secondary schools, and currently a Sustrans Group Co-ordinator for Glasgow.

Angus MacFadyen is a local parent with children attending a Bishopbriggs primary school.

Anne McNair is a keen cyclist and currently a local East Dunbartonshire councillor for the North Bishopbriggs & Torrace Ward.

Mark Kiehlmann is a member of CTC Scotland, and a Bikeabilty Scotland cycle tutor and a Platinum Weld Tech Cycle Mechanic, with three children attending a Bishopbriggs primary and nursery schools.

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Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636