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Dorset Schools Investing in Cycle Facilities for Pupils


7:47am 14th May 2014

The cycling scene is booming with new stars like Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armistead inspiring more youngsters to take to 2 wheels, and now schools in Dorset are putting more pedal power being an initiative to get more pupils saddling up.

Prince of Wales First School are the latest place to have installed a new cycle storage facility thanks to a a joint grant from the charity Sustrans and Dorset County Council.

Other schools have benefited from the scheme too, including Radipole Primary and Damers First.

Sustrans Bike It officer for the school Jonathan Dixon said it's great to see youngsters on their bikes;

"It's great for everyone that all these new shelters are in place. By encouraging people to travel by bike, it is not only good for their health, and a cheap way to get around, but it will reduce congestion on local roads too.

These new spaces will provide a safe place for pupils to secure their bikes; giving parent's peace of mind -encouraging them and their children to get in the saddle for the journey to school."

Dorset County Councillor for environment and economy Peter Finney said:

"We're delighted to be able to work in partnership with Sustrans to provide funding for these new facilities which will help to encourage children across Dorset to get to school by bike and scooter.

"We hope they get lots of use throughout this summer and beyond."

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