Swansea schools receive new cycling gear
Six schools in the town, including Morriston Primary School, Llangyfelach Primary, St Illtyd’s RC Primary, Ysgol Gymraeg Y Cym, Cwm Glas Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, have all received a range of cycling kits including balance bikes, scooters and storage facilities, so young children can learn to ride bikes and have fun while they’re at school.
All the equipment has been donated to the schools by local contractors who have recently built new walking and cycling routes near the schools.
The new routes to Morriston, Clydach and Bonymaen have been completed after Swansea Council successfully secured funding from Active Travel. The aim of the routes is to provide improved links for walking and cycling and to encourage everyone to consider walking and cycling instead of using a car.
In Clydach, over 1.5km of towpath along the Swansea Canal has recently been upgraded to provide a safe shared-use path for walkers and cyclists.
A new 1.8km route along the banks of the River Tawe has also been completed near Morriston and another 900m long route along Clasemont Road has been created, linking an existing section along the A48 .
A 700 meter long road has also been constructed along Jersey Road in Bonymaen (between the junction of Carmel Road and Cwm Chapel Road).
The four routes were designed by the Council in line with Welsh Government guidelines on active travel and were built by local contractors – Ian Davies Plant, T Richard Jones (TRJ) and Evan Pritchard.
Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “These latest completed walking and cycling routes are hugely beneficial to local communities. We are doing everything we can to encourage more people to use these routes and help them stay healthy.
“It’s great that we can work with local schools in each of the communities and help give young kids the encouragement they need to be confident on a bike and hopefully can experience this experience later.
“I am delighted that the contractors who have helped us carry out these programs have also donated this equipment to the schools. »
Most recently, the Council secured and approved over £8m of Task Force funding for the next round of Active Travel and will see even more walking and cycling routes developed over the next 12 months.
Part of the funding will help create a new 2.4km road through Clyne Common, helping to connect communities in Gower to the Swansea Bay seafront.
A new off-road route between Penllergaer and Fforestfach is also set to be created, stretching 2.8 km through the woods of Penllergaer.
Cllr Stevens, added: “Once again we have been very successful in securing this money so that we can continue to develop these important routes. Our goal is to create a fully connected network of walking and cycling routes between neighboring communities.
“I hope this will make families less dependent on getting around Swansea by car. At the same time, people can be healthier and also have fun.
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