Crossing aims to make life safer for pupils at Bocombra school

Pictured are Andrew Grieve, head of DRD Cycling Unit, Mike Flack (10), Kenneth Twyble, School Govenor, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, Arnold Hatch, Head on Environmental Services Committee, Ellie-Jane Quinn (10), Mark Vallelly, School Principal, Kirsty Pinkerton, Enviromental Health,  Andy Bready, Cycling Unit and Mrs Emma Craig, teacher.
Pictured are Andrew Grieve, head of DRD Cycling Unit, Mike Flack (10), Kenneth Twyble, School Govenor, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy, Arnold Hatch, Head on Environmental Services Committee, Ellie-Jane Quinn (10), Mark Vallelly, School Principal, Kirsty Pinkerton, Enviromental Health, Andy Bready, Cycling Unit and Mrs Emma Craig, teacher.
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A new toucan crossing has been erected outside Bocombra Primary School.

The crossing, which allows bicycles to cross the road safely, is designed to encourage pupils to use bikes as a mode of transport.

It is part of the Craigavon Community Greenway and was formally opened recently by Danny Kennedy, the Transport Minister.

Mr Kennedy, the MLA for Newry and Armagh said, “Safety is of paramount importance for the school journey and it is for this reason that I today launched a comprehensive programme of both off and on road improvements to facilitate cyclists and make the journey to school a more attractive and safe prospect.”

The Minister’s visit to Bocombra was part of Bike to School Day, promoted by Travelwise NI, the sustainable transport team within the Department for Regional Development, who will collaborate with local councils, employers, schools and cycling organisations including Sustrans during the week to deliver a wide variety of cycling events.

Speaking at Bocombra Minister Danny said, “There has been a great turn out of school pupils cycling to school today and it is heartening to see so many young people taking part in my ‘Cycling Revolution’ which I launched last year. I have tasked my Department’s Cycling Unit to develop a clear and aspirational vision for cycling, which will give an increased focus and priority to the needs of cyclists.

“Bike to School Day is the perfect opportunity for young people who are regular cyclists and new young cyclists to come together to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

“Bike to School Day is an important way of raising awareness of the benefits of cycling to school – it’s a healthy, sustainable and fun way to get around. Cycling to school creates daily exercise habits, reduces traffic and air pollution and helps children gain independence.

“Twenty per cent of traffic on our roads during peak hours is caused by the school run and by riding a bike to school or walking we can help alleviate traffic congestion.

“I would urge parents, teachers and pupils to use Bike Week as an opportunity to get out on the bike and experience firsthand the benefits. I hope young people will give serious consideration to cycling to and from school more often.”