Radlett, Hertfordshire (Vocus/PRWEB) 4 April 2011
Thanks to the installation of a brand new cycle shelter, pupils of Newberries Primary School can enjoy the many benefits of cycling to school, knowing that their bikes and scooters will be kept safe and dry throughout the day.
“52% of our pupils said they would prefer to bike to school”
“There is a real benefit of cycling to health and the environment – and it helps to reduce the traffic around the school,” says head teacher Ms Ness Peters. “We have been working hard with Herts Highways to make getting to school easier and safer for our children with improved road markings, flashing school signs and extended double yellow lines on the corners near school.”
Custom-made and installed by school specialists Able Canopies, the cycle shelter has been designed to provide protection from the elements and allows the children to lock both the wheel and frame of their bike to keep it safe.
“The school was really impressed with the speed and professionalism of Able Canopies from the surveyor who checked the site, to the telephone advice line and and the installers on the three days it took to complete the work,” says Ms Peters.
With a donation of £5,500 from UK charity, Sustrans, combined with £2,000 from the school PTA fund, a total of ten bikes can now be housed in the school’s cycle shelter.
Lizzie Thal-Jantzen, Project Officer at Sustrans adds, “We’re delighted to be able to offer funding to support the building of this new cycle shelter. It’s great that this school is taking measures to make it simpler for students to choose two wheels for the school run.”
“In last year's travel survey, 52% of our pupils said they would prefer to bike to school. Now parents can cycle with their children and they will have somewhere safe to keep their bikes,” explains Ms Peters. “We ask all children who come by bike to sign the school's cycling agreement which asks them to promise to wear a helmet and carry out Bikeability training."
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