Penarth primary school unveils bike shelter
4:02pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Penarth news
A NEW bike shelter has been unveiled at a Penarth primary school in a bid to encourage children to cycle to school.
The bike shelter at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, on Sully Road, can fit up to 20 bikes and provides a safe means of storage during the school day all year round.
The £4100 bike shelter was partly funded by a £3,000 grant from the Ford Britain Trust. The school was able to apply for the funding as one of the pupils’ parents works for the car manufacturer.
Head teacher Gareth Rein said that he hoped the bike shelter would encourage children to have a healthier lifestyle, help the environment and ease congestion on the roads in Penarth.
“In the application for funding we said we were hoping to have more children riding to school to help with congestion on the roads in Penarth and for environmental reasons,” he said.
“It helps with the children to keep them healthy and keeps their bikes safe too.”
He added that the new cycle links around the Penarth Learning Community project would improve accessibility to the school.
“With the new school they have improved access to Sully Road,” he said.
“These have incorporated better links from Penarth, Dinas Powys and Cogan to the school, allowing more children to ride to school rather than come in cars.”
Leader of Penarth Town Council Cllr Mike Cuddy also gave his full backing to the bike shelter.
“I’m very much in favour of cycling as a means of travel,” he said.
“There are now lots of infrastructure for it in Penarth and this stands to complement further coverage.”