Pupils at St Osmund’s School in Dorchester have unveiled new, secure cycle storage facilities. The new bike shelters will encourage more students and staff to cycle to school and is part of a project by charity Sustrans.
Sustrans is working with schools, students and parents to persuade them to choose two wheels for the school run.
The project is funded by Dorset County Council who provided the £55,000 funding for the shelters. Sustrans is also providing bike pump facilities at the schools.
Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans, said: “Walking and cycling to work or school is a great way for people to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it helps people to work more effectively whether they are working or studying.
“Sustrans, the county council and schools are working together to encourage students and staff to cycle to school more often. These new cycle shelters mean that everyone has somewhere secure to leave their bikes.”
Jim Williams, head teacher of St Osmund’s School, said:
“Our ultimate aim is to have more children and staff cycling or scooting to school. The shelters keep the bikes safe and dry,
encouraging others to try travelling this way.”
Matthew Piles, the county council’s head of economy, said: “By providing the infrastructure the county council is helping local residents find healthy transport alternatives that will help reduce congestion on the school run.”