An ambitious Scottish government pledge to offer a free bike for every school pupil who can't afford one was kicked off recently with pilot projects that will provide the first 3,000 cycles at a cost of £2.5 million. "The benefits of providing greater access to bikes for children are obvious. It ensures equality of opportunity in building life skills, confidence and independence, and embeds healthy and sustainable travel habits from a young age. Ensuring that more children can choose active travel including cycling is vital to help meet our world-leading net zero targets," said Transport Minister Graeme Day.

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