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Hope for a rise in cycling for school children

Schoolchildren in Swansea are getting behind plans to encourage more people to cycle and improve the local environment.

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Swansea Council is continuing its efforts to create more cycling infrastructure across Swansea after receiving substantial grant funding via the Welsh Government's Active Travel Fund.

Now children in schools across the city are supporting the work and some lucky pupils have earned themselves new bikes for their efforts.

The Council's Road Safety Team held a poster competition in December calling on primary schools to design a poster to help promote cycling.

The winners - Daisy Spatuzzi from Oystermouth Primary School and Molly Figgis from Sketty Primary School each won a new bike and accessories for coming up with winning poster designs.

Molly, who was the overall winner, will now have her poster design displayed at school gates as part of a campaign to get kids and parents to cycle and use scooters when going to and from school.

The prizes were kindly donated by contractors - TRJ Construction and Alun Griffiths, who are working with the Council to develop new cycle routes and footways.

Schools who entered the competition will also benefit from some new storage facilities such as bike sheds and scooter racks

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Children can get lots of benefits from cycling and we want to ensure they can do it safely either when they are going to school or simply cycling for fun.

"The work we are currently undertaking across the city to create new cycle infrastructure will help fill in gaps to our existing cycle network and provide a safe environment for people of all ages to get on their bikes and cycle instead of using the car."

The Council received more than £2 million from the Welsh Government's Active Travel Fund to create new cycle routes.

One of the major strategic schemes in Swansea Vale will benefit hundreds of residents living in a housing development where the site previously hasn't had any pavements exiting the development site. The works will provide a 2.6 km route between Tir Canol Bridge and Gwernllwynchwyth Road and will link to existing cycle network in the area. 


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