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Pedal power boost for Stalybridge students

7 December 2017
PIC 2 Traffic PCSO Julie Nappin with West Hill pupil

New cycling facilities have been installed at a Tameside school in a bid to boost two-wheeled take-up.

Two new lockable shelters, with 48 cycle spaces plus lighting and helmet lockers, are now available for students to use at West Hill School in Stalybridge.

New cycle stands and an enhanced CCTV and alarm system have also been provided on the premises as part of phase two of our Cycle Schools and Colleges project. The aim of the project is to promote cycling as an attractive and convenient way to travel for students, teachers and families.

Thanks to the project, West Hill has also taken delivery of 15 mountain bikes for pupils to use. In addition, members of staff have received training to become cycle instructors, lead rides and carry out bike maintenance.

The facilities were officially opened at a special celebration event at the school, where pupils were able to have their bike security marked, have a free bike check and repair from a mobile cycle mechanic. They took part in a raffle for cycle-related prizes too.

Along with sustainable travel charity Sustrans, we also organised some practical work with the school. Members of the school council visited a busy junction outside the school and suggested how it might be made more cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly. Meanwhile, pupils rode the school’s new mountain bikes to explore ways of improving routes from Ridge Hill to the school.

Read the full news release for more information.