New cycle route gets support of University Keighley Academy and Holy Family School (From Keighley News)
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New cycle route gets support of University Keighley Academy and Holy Family School
Major efforts will be made to get schoolchildren using Keighley’s new £150,000 cycle route.
Two of the town’s secondary schools have pledged to support the proposed route linking Stockbridge and Beechliffe.
University Keighley Academy and Holy Family School will encourage more of their students to regularly cycle to school. They will work with Bradford Council on bike initiatives, and students will receive cycle training.
Earlier this year, the council was awarded £150,000 from the Department for Transport to develop the route, which will enable cyclists to avoid Hard Ings Road, part of Bradford Road, and three of the busiest roundabouts in Keighley.
Instead, they will ride from Stockbridge along Royd Ings Road, at the back of Cougar Park, then along a redeveloped footpath under the Aire Valley trunk road to Beechcliffe and Utley.
There will be new Toucan crossings on main roads at either end of the route, a cycle path through Cliffe Castle Park and links to the Airedale Greenway, UAK and the Holy Family School.
The council hopes the route will encourage more cycling and reduce the need for unnecessary short car journeys to school.
Principal engineer Simon D’Vali said: “When the route is completed, the Council will work with the schools to bring this about through such initiatives as the Bike It project. Some of the funding we have been awarded will also be used for cycle training.”
UAK headteacher Linda Wallsgrove said the project would enhance her school’s strong commitment to cycling.
She added: “We are very excited about the project, and look forward to making the appropriate links with the various stakeholders and the community.”
Tim Garthwaite, development manager at Holy Family, said the school was always willing to support any initiative to make life better in and around the town.
He added: “This will enhance provision we already have for cycle storage at Holy Family, which is currently underused, in large part because of the lack of a safe cycle route to the school. We look forward not only to the cycle path being implemented but also being able to develop Safe Cycling training later in the scheme.”
Coun Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for planning, transport and highways, said: “The council is doing all it can to improve infrastructure for cyclists, and it will be great to see the Airedale Greenway extended.”
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