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Posted 17th November 2020

Schools around Calderdale have welcomed some bright new additions this term.

Ten schools in the borough have had colourful new cycle and/or scooter storage installed to support and encourage active travel and complement the School Streets initiative.

Calderdale Council is working with schools to encourage more active ways for children and young people to get to and from school, such as walking and cycling.

Schools were invited to apply for additional storage for bikes or scooters, and in total 19 schools will benefit from the Cyclepods or Minipods.

The initiative has been funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority after a successful Council bid, supported by Active Calderdale.

The ten schools which have the new cycle/scooter storage are:

  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax
  • St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Illingworth
  • Withinfields Primary School, Southowram
  • Burnley Road Academy, Mytholmroyd
  • Salterhebble Junior and Infant School, Halifax
  • Ash Green Community Primary School, Halifax
  • Old Town Primary School, Hebden Bridge
  • All Saints’ CE VA Junior and Infant School, Halifax
  • Bailiffe Bridge Junior and Infant School
  • Walsden St. Peter’s Primary

An additional nine schools will have storage installed before the end of the year.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, Cllr Scott Patient, said: “A number of schools around the borough are already benefitting from the introduction of School Streets, meaning that their roads are only open to pedestrians and other non-motorised vehicles during term-time at the school’s opening and closing times.

“Many of these schools and others now also have new cycle and scooter storage after we successfully bid for funding from the Combined Authority. The addition of these eye-catching storage units will further support pupils to make active travel choices for the journey to and from school, ensuring they’ve a safe place to leave their bike or scooter throughout the day.

“Encouraging a switch to active travel not only supports a healthier lifestyle, but also contributes to improved air quality by reducing vehicle idling and pollution levels.”

For more information about School Streets in Calderdale, go here.

To find out more about the Active Calderdale movement, visit the website.

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