New cycling facilities for Irish schools

Children and teachers encouraged to travel by bike

Today, pupils at Killyleagh and St Mary’s Primary Schools in Northern Ireland celebrated the opening of a new path to help tackle the school run.

The village of Killyleagh will also benefit from an improved path to DelamontCountyPark, a new bike shelter, new safety lights and improved road signs around the school.

These improvements have been made as part of the Rural Safe Routes to Schools project, which is managed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans. 

18 rural schools across Northern Ireland are taking part in the £1.3 million project, which aims to reduce the number of car journeys to school by 10 per cent.

William Methven, Rural Safe Routes to Schools Manager for Sustrans, said: "This path will act as a great way to encourage more journeys to be taken on foot and by bike. We know that many young people want to cycle or walk to school, so it's crucial to give them the right kind of support to help them get what they want.

“By making improvements to the approaches to schools, creating new paths and installing new bike sheds, we’re helping to create the right conditions to encourage young people to travel in healthy and active ways.”

Staff, parents and teachers who are interested in promoting cycling and walking in their school are encouraged to call the Sustrans School Travel Team on 0117 915 0100 for free information and advice.

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