A total of 500 primary school pupils in the borough have taken part in the heats of the annual Carrickfergus Safe Cycle Challenge.
The final of the 2014 event was held on Friday at Oakfield Community Centre with Tyrone Simms, Carrickfergus Model Primary School, taking the title and winning a new bicycle.
The finalistsdemonstrated their safe cycling skills in front of an audience of parents, teachers, the Mayor, Alderman Billy Ashe, police officers and fellow pupils, following the completion of a written test based on road safety and the Highway Code.
The final was independently judged by Emma Caul of Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee. Runner up was Reece Strong, Woodlawn Primary School, who received a cycle lock and lights and third place was secured by Adam Welsh, Woodburn Primary School, who was presented with cycle lights.
All finalists received a certificate, having each already won a cycle helmet during the school heats.
Sgt Ernie Craig, of Carrickfergus Neighbourhood Policing Team, commented: “The Carrickfergus Safe Cycle Challenge is designed to raise awareness of road safety in cycling in a fun way. However road safety is a serious matter and hopefully those Primary 7 pupils who took part will become safer cyclists on the roads in the Carrickfergus area.”
During the heats each competitor was shown life saving cycling skills and wore a helmet and high visibility jacket. The message given to the children was that cycle helmets should always be worn as well as bright clothing.
Carrickfergus PSNI are also reminding children not to leave their bicycles lying unattended in gardens, parks or any open space, and to use an approved bicycle lock. Bicycles, police add, should always be put away at night in a locked shed, garage or other area.