More Bute children taking green routes to school

THE number of children walking or cycling to Bute’s three primary schools has almost doubled in the space of 12 months, according to newly-published figures.

The results of a year-long project by Towards Zero Carbon Bute (TZCB), a local initiative set up to reduce the island’s carbon footprint, have been released this week – and show that the number of children walking or cycling to and from St Andrew’s, North Bute and Rothesay primary schools has increased from 61 in February 2011 to 116 12 months later.

As part of the project, the pupils who cut their ‘school run’ carbon footprint by the greatest amount were entered into a prize draw to win a bicycle supplied by local firm The Bike Shed.

The winners were Elizabeth Homewood at North Bute, Shannon Reid at St Andrew’s and Logan McCormack and Josh Cowan at Rothesay Primary.

For more details on the results of the project, and pictures of all the winners, see the new issue of The Buteman – on sale on February 16.