Paralympic legend visits Wigan borough schools that embrace walking and cycling initiatives
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Dame Sarah Storey, the newly appointed cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester, visited Sacred Heart RC and Leigh Central Primaries where both have now become child-friendly School Streets.
There are eight School Streets confirmed across Wigan, with the borough having ambitions to expand to many more, making journeys much safer by prioritising walking, scooting, and cycling over driving.
Dame Sarah, a multiple gold medalist in swimming and cycling, was marking Walk to School Week.
Having previously launched three of the pedestrianised streets in Wigan borough, the council has been successful in securing £50,000 in funding from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to deliver five more.
Across the city region, around 30 per cent of trips under 1km are made in a car, with 84 per cent of school runs being under one mile: that’s the equivalent of a four-minute bike ride or a 15-minute walk.
The aim of the scheme is to help create a pleasant, child-friendly, safe environment, which prioritises active travel over driving, enabling children to breathe cleaner air on the school run.
In most cases, a School Streets project consists of a traffic regulation order and related signage, but the programme isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
Each scheme is unique to their community and the needs of the school, with each district set to adapt its measures accordingly and they will form part of The Bee Network, GM’s vision to deliver an integrated transport system that connects all forms of public transport, including cycling and walking.