3 Clare Schools benefit from funding Grants provided under the Green Schools Travel Programme – BREEN.

December 20th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that 3 County Clare Schools have received grants under the Green Schools Travel Programme for the installation of cycle parking facilities.

“The 3 Clare Schools to benefit here in County Clare is Querrin N.S. in Kilkee where 10 Cycling Spaces will be provided, Scoil Chriost Ri in Cloughleigh in Ennis who will also provide 10 cycling spaces and St. Caimin’s in Shannon where 20 spaces will be provided. In the case of Scoil Chriost Ri and St. Caimins the cycling facility being provided is sheltered.

“This funding has been provided by the Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar T.D. from the Green Schools Travel Programme. This Programme allows schools to apply for a grant to have cycle parking installed on their grounds.”

“The installation of good quality cycling parking is essential to facilitate and encourage children to cycle to and from School. The 3 successful Clare Schools are among a total of 30 schools nationwide who have now received grants for cycle parking facilities. In total, grants provided under the Scheme totalled €95,000.”

“According to recent statistics around 31 per cent of primary pupils and up to 40 per cent of post-primary school pupils now either walk or cycle to School and the grants provided under this initiative ensure that there are proper facilities in place for these children. “

“Of course, the most important consideration for parents of children who are cycling to and from School is safety. The increase in cycling lanes is welcome in this regard, however, it is essential that children have the right bike, wear a helmet at all times and wear high visibility clothes which makes sure that other road users that see them. And of course, I would remind all road users especially motorists of the importance of giving consideration to all cyclists and walking thereby ensuring that our roads safer for everybody.”

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School Spaces Sheltered

Scoil Chríost Rí Cloughleigh Road Ennis Co. Clare 10 Y December
Querrin NS Querrin Kilkee Co. Clare 10 N December
St. Caimin’s Shannon Co. Clare 20 Y December