Starting on Thursday 5th March children in Skibbereen will be able to cycle safely to school as part of the new Cycle Bus scheme.
Three schools are taking part- St Patrick’s Boys, Abestrewry National and the Skibbereen Gaelscoil. Any students who want to cycle safely to school can register with their school and join the convoy as it travels through the town, picking up cyclists on the way and delivering them to the three schools.
The convoy will run on Thursdays and be accompanied by adult volunteeers and a cycling Ban Garda. It is being organsied by Katie Mann of Cycle Sense.
Cycle Sense write “Soon children in Skibbereen will be able to go to school on their bike by joining a Cycle Bus (a group of cyclists supervised by marshals) This group will stop at various places around town and finish at the school… Watch this space!”
To find out more contact your school.
Why cycle to school?
In the Uk and Ireland many local authorities and cities are encouraging cycling for all generations. Broxap reports
With children spending more time behind screens than outside, cycling can be a healthy and fun way of encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors. People of all ages can enjoy cycling, but learning to ride from a young age will equip children with a skill for life. Cycling to school is a good starting point to get children out and about and on their bikes. Providing cycle parking at school will encourage more pupils to ride to school.
Benefits of Cycling To School
- Encourages independence and builds confidence
- Good for the environment
- Reduces congestion – especially around school gates, making it safer
- Provides an active start to the day, children will be more alert in lessons
Pictured are Katie of Cycle Sense and Brian of Sustainable Skibbereen and St Patrick’s BNS.