Upgrade need for Kildare cycling - KCC report

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Salesian Collegein Celbridge stands out when it comes to students cycling to school but overall in Kildare the figures are very low.

A report from Kildare County Council’s Transportation Department has found that, on average, only 1.8% of the county’s 44,700 primary and secondary student cycle to school.

Salesian’s stands out with 21.6% taking their bike to class. This probably makes it one of the highest in the country, according to the Kildare Bicycle Account 2013.

It said that in the Netherlands over 90% of pupils cycle to school and it is common there for pupils to do a round trip of 20km.

Celbridge was the town with the highest level of cycling, at 8.1%.

Other top performing schools are the rual Tigh Mochua 918.8%), North Kildare Educate Together in Celbridge (14.4%) and Derrinturn village (8.2%).

The most surprising result was the high level of cycling to some rural schools which are far removed from any cycle facilities.

The report said the the estimated overall share of cycling across the county to all primary and secondary schools at peak traffic was 753 students or 1.8%. The town with the lowest level of cycling was Rathangan with 0.3%.

It appears that staff at Kildare County Council (around 250 there at any one time) aren’t too keen on fresh air either. The report said the average daily bike parking at Aras Cill Dara in 2012-13 was 3.7 bicycles.

The report points to the connection between overweight students and low cycling rates. It also says that cycling has never been safer in Ireland but there is a perception of danger in it.




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