12 Dec Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme expanded in Mayo
Six Mayo schools have today been notified that they have been selected for inclusion in the second round of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programme to support walking and cycling infrastructure for primary and post-primary schools” according to Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon.
Deputy Dillon said “I welcome today’s announcement which will support the creation of safer walking and cycling routes within their communities and will help alleviate congestion at the school gates and increase the number of students who walk or cycle to school by providing improvements to walking and cycling facilities.
€20m has been allocated nationally for projects included in Round 2 with the funds coming from each local authority’s annual allocation for Active Travel works.
The schools selected were assessed against a range of criteria including school type, location and the school’s commitment to sustainable travel – In Round 2 the following schools included :
- Ballinrobe Community School, Convent Road, Ballinrobe
- Claremorris BNS, Kilcolman Road, Claremorris
- Holy Trinity NS, Newport Road, Westport
- Murrisk N.S, Murrisk, Westport
- St Joseph’s P.S., Convent Road, Ballinrobe
- Quay National School, Creggs Road, Ballina
The launch of the second round of the programme today will see over 37,000 students across Ireland benefit from safer infrastructure and encourage them to cycle, walk and wheel to school.
Deputy Dillon added, “The improvements to the school commute range from an upgraded footpath or new cycle lane to a complete reworking of the road outside a school’s entrance. Cycle parking will also be provided to most schools that are part of the programme.”
“With this initiative, the NTA, along with An Taisce’s Green-Schools and Mayo County Council, will play a key part in delivering the infrastructure. with school communities throughout the county and together act to remove the barriers to walking and cycling to school which children currently face, finding new ways to make the daily journey to school for every student fun, active and safe”, concluded Deputy Dillon.