Pedal power: new bike park for Limerick school

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A SCHOOL on the northside of Limerick city now has a cycle park to call its own after funding from the Department of Transport.

A SCHOOL on the northside of Limerick city now has a cycle park to call its own after funding from the Department of Transport.

Salesians Infant School in Fernbank, secured a grant from government to build the park which caters for ten bikes.

And the bike park was officially opened to tie in with National ‘Cycle on Wednesday’ Day.

For the past two years, Salesian Infant School in Fernbank, have been promoting sustainable travel modes like walking, cycling, car pooling and ‘park and stride’, where parents are encouraged to stop away from the school and take their children the rest of the way on foot.

To mark National COW (Cycle on Wednesday) Day, 55 students cycled to school, while 90 students enjoyed a workshop on bike safety and bike co-ordination.

Parents also received guidance on how to cycle to school with their children.

Catherine Walsh, green schools co-ordinator, said children must come with their parents to the school. “It is full most days. We have seen all sizes of bikes - from toddlers with stabilisers to big bikes,” she said.