Trowbridge children try out new cycling and walking routes

Pupils from three primary schools in Trowbridge took part in a special walk to school this week.

This was to mark the completion of work on a new walking and cycling scheme on Hilperton Road, which allows local children to walk safely to and from school, by bike or scooter.

The program offers separate facilities for all pedestrians and cyclists, as well as several new, safer level crossings and a new cycle path. It connects to the Trowbridge cycle network, making it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the city and leave their car at home.

Pupils from Bellefield Primary, Paxcroft Primary and Castle Mead Primary were asked to ‘bling their ride’ and add decorations to their shoes, bikes or scooters as they and their parents left the car at home home for the day.

The day was chosen because it falls within the Living Streets walk to school week, and as part of keeping children safe the council is working with Sustrans, who have run scooter training sessions for some schoolchildren.

Speaking at the time, Councilor Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘It’s great to see all these schoolchildren walking, scootering and cycling to school today using these new facilities on Hilperton Road. I also want to thank them for adding so much color and fun to a Tuesday morning with their decorations.

“The new facilities, especially the new level crossings, make it much easier and safer for people to walk and cycle along this route and we hope this will encourage more people to do so.

“Helping people stay active and reducing carbon emissions are two key elements of our business plan, and cycling, walking and scootering can improve physical and mental health and improve air quality.

“We hope that more children and their parents will have safer journeys to and from school with this new facility on Hilperton Road.”

Gemma Brooks, hospitality teacher at Paxcroft Primary School, said: “We had a lot of fun taking part in this event. As a school, we encourage our children to make healthier choices, including walking or riding to school if they can.

“Some of our families will be using the Hilperton Road to get to school, so it’s great that they can use the new safe cycle route.”

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