Support and funding opportunities have been given to schools in the area to improve sustainable travel options for local school children.
The funding has been made available through the ongoing Access Fund schemes, funded by the Department for Transport, with the aim to improve sustainable travel in the area, such as walking, cycling and even scooting.
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “During the first lockdown earlier this year, transport officials saw an uptake in the amount of sustainable travel options used. This was more widely followed with many of us enjoying less cars being used on our roads.
“Following on from this, transport officials at ENGIE have provided all schools in the area the opportunity of sustainable transport equipment and infrastructure to support schools in encouraging the uptake with their school children, through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund funding.
“It’s great to see the positive response received as we continue to adapt and change our lives to cleaner and greener methods of transport. This work also supports the Government’s advice to walk and cycle where possible and allows school children to do it safely.”
The council and ENGIE have contacted all schools in the area about the options available to them and have been working with the following schools to provide equipment and support, including scooter pods, road safety talks, walking maps and travel plans:
- Oasis Academy Wintringham
- Stanford Junior and Infant School
- Great Coates Primary School
- St. Peter’s C of E Primary School
- Waltham Leas Primary Academy
- Canon Peter Hall CE Primary School
Scooter pods are compact storage pods able to store a number of scooters safely for children during their school day.
For more information about cycling, walking and riding around North East Lincolnshire visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/cycling-walking-and-riding.