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School ‘cycle bus’ scheme steps up a gear with new routes


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

School ‘cycle bus’ scheme steps up a gear with new routes School ‘cycle bus’ scheme steps up a gear with new routes

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – There could soon be six cycle buses guiding school children on car-choked roads in Galway City, it has emerged.

At an online meeting to update parents, volunteers and cycling campaigners on the initiative, it was revealed that two new cycle buses are to be set up in a bid to get kids safely to school.

A cycle bus is currently being planned between Salthill and Scoil Fhursa at Nile Lodge and between Shangort Road in Knocknacarra and the Educate Together National School in Newcastle.

Ireland’s first official cycle bus in Knocknacarra is now in its fifth year. Others which have followed suit are the East of the Corrib route; Salthill to Cappagh and around the suburbs of Oranmore and Renmore.

Some of the cycle buses are full-time and go every day, while others go just on Fridays.

Alan Curran, one of the founders of the active travel movement which has since spread to other cities and towns across Ireland, said nothing has changed since 2017 to remove the need to chaperone schoolchildren on their daily commute.

“I would say there has been zero change,” said the secondary school teacher.

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