Aberdeenshire Council has successfully funded and installed cycle parking facilities within 12 primary schools this financial year.
This funding was match funded by the national cycling and walking charity Sustrans who helped 131 schools across Scotland install secure shelters, and cycle and scooter racks.
The work forms parts of the Council’s Local Transportation Strategy where the Council are committed to supporting schools develop safer routes to schools projects. Secure cycle parking is a crucial factor in encouraging children to cycle to school. It is also a very effective way for schools to promote active travel, encouraging more children to cycle to school and reducing congestion at the school gate.
John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland said: “As well as helping parents and pupils feel relaxed about bringing bikes to school, cycle parking is a striking way to publicise cycling and to make cyclists feel valued.
“With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in 2014, many schools are gearing themselves up for a boost in cycling numbers.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle said, “This is an important part of the Local Transportation Strategy and we want to ensure that any pupil who wants to cycle to school has a secure and safe local environment to do so.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee said, “Aberdeenshire Council are proud of the high standards at our schools and we are delighted that some children now have the appropriate facilities to get to school in a healthier way.”