BUDDING cyclist Pola Bodo proved to be the wheel deal after winning this year’s road safety calendar competition in Glasgow primary schools.

Pola rode off with the top prize of a new bike and helmet after she came up with the winning calendar design to edge out more than 10,000 other entries.

Pupils had been invited to create calendars based on one of four themes – Cycle Safety; Safer Crossing Places and the Green Cross Code; Walk, Scott and Cycle to School and In-Car Safety.

A P7 pupil at Lourdes Primary in Cardonald, Pola highlighted the theme of Safer Crossing Places in her calendar, which will now be seen every nursery, primary and secondary school in Glasgow.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, presented Pola with her prize.

She said: "As ever, the standard of the entries was fantastic and it’s great that so many of the city’s primary school children took part in road safety calendar competition.

"Choosing the winner was a very difficult task, but in the end Pola’s design stood out and I was delighted to present her with a new bike and helmet.

"She was absolutely thrilled to receive her prize and I really hope she makes good use of her bike.

"We all want our children and young people to be as active as possible and cycling is a great way for them to keep fit and stay healthy.

"But encouraging more active ways to travel will also help the city achieve its targets in the fight against climate change.

"Young people have recently played a vital role in raising awareness about climate change.

"Hopefully by encouraging safe, active travel for our children and young people, the city’s transport system will rely much less on burning fossil fuels in future."

The calendar competition is organised through the Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme.