Biking to school just got a lot easier for students attending New Glasgow Junior High.
Students at New Glasgow Junior High show off the bikes they brought to school on Friday. The ones not pictured with helmets did bring them, they just don’t have them for this photo. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Thanks to a grant from Clean Nova Scotia and support from individuals and groups in the county, a large bike rack has been installed at the school and signage is going to be placed raising awareness of the students biking to school.
Aaron Day, a student at the school biked to school on Friday. He said it hasn’t been something he did a lot before but hopes to now.
“I didn’t bike to school because we didn’t have a bike rack,” he said.
Another student, Margaret Daniel, is glad that they have the rack as well and plans to pedal to the school more often.
“It gives you exercise,” she said.
Jennifer Hatt has a daughter in Grade 7 and is one of the people who helped make this project a reality.
Her family lives on the Westside and her daughter used to bike a lot to elementary school. When her daughter talked about biking to junior high, she found out about the absence of a bike rack. In the past students would chain their bicycles to the fence surrounding the school yard.
Clean Nova Scotia, in celebration of their 25th anniversary, had a pool of money to give away to projects that are having a positive impact on the community, so Hatt and a group of others in Pictou County applied and received a $4,000 grant. They partnered as well with community transit Nova Scotia, the Town of New Glasgow, New Glasgow Junior High and Active Pictou County.
About half the money went to the large bike rack and the other half will go to signage.
The great thing about the bike rack, Hatt said, is that it is moveable so it will be transferred over the New Glasgow Academy when it opens for the 2014/15 school year.
She believes the designated bike route is equally important because there is no bus service for students living in town limits and students need a safe alternative to get to school.
In September a group of students walked a route from the George Street Bridge to the school to show the best and safest way to travel.
On Friday, students were encouraged to bike to school and a breakfast was held for those who did.