Radlett primary school pupils pedal ahead

Cycling to school is fun, affordable, environmentally-friendly and even known to improve children’s performance in lesson time – and now pupils at Newberries Primary School in Radlett have even more reason to get on their bikes...

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Newberries pupils test out their new cycle shelter

Custom-made and installed by school specialists Able Canopies, the cycle shelter has been designed to provide protection from the elements

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."

NOTES

  •     Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. http://www.sustrans.org.uk
  •     Sustrans is calling on UK governments to invest in doubling the number of journeys under five miles made by foot, bike and public transport to four out of five by 2020.
  •     Sustrans’ flagship project, the National Cycle Network, is now around 13,000 miles long and within one mile of 55 per cent of the UK population. It carries over one million walking and cycling journeys every day.

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