July 18, 2024
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Two Kilkenny schools create ‘safe zones’ outside gates

Two Kilkenny schools are creating special ‘Safe School Zones’ outside their gates.

St Canice’s National School and Loreto Secondary School (pictured) are prioritising the space outside their schools for walkers, cyclists and buses as part of an initiative to coincide with Bikeweek. Parents are being urged not to drop their children outside the school gates “for everyone’s safety”, a council spokesperson said.

This year European Mobility Week and National Bikeweek are both taking place in September.

Bikeweek had to be cancelled in June as a result of the Covid restrictions. Ironically, however, the lockdown resulted in the highest number of people on bicycles across the country in years. An estimated extra 200,000 people across Ireland cycled regularly during the restrictions – almost twice the entire population of Kilkenny.

Commenting on this year’s event, Kilkenny County Council Cycling Officer Caitriona Corr said: “There may not be the opportunities in 2020 to run the activities and events that would usually bring colour and vibrancy to the streets of Kilkenny during Bikeweek but we are now focusing on offering supports to schools, workplaces and employees to allow people to maintain the newly formed active travel habits that benefit our health, the environment and our city.”

As part of Bikeweek, there are free guided trips in the city for employees of the hospitality industries, frontline workers or any other workplaces in Kilkenny to allow more to try out bikes as a means of transport in our city.

The events are being run in conjunction with Kilkenny Cycling Tours and can be booked by contacting Jason on 086 895 4961 or info@kilkennycyclingtours.com.  As part of the Bikeweek initiatives, there are also child trailers and tag-along bikes available throughout September for just €5.

If your workplace or school is interested in becoming involved in Bikeweek,  email cyclekilkenny@gmail.com


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