Pedalling to school is being encouraged in parts of Nairn thanks to new funding.
A Safer Routes to School project in the town has been approved by
Members of Highland Council’s Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee have approved a project application for the Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets Programme totalling an estimated £20,000 for Nairn Academy.
The aim of the project is to encourage pupils and parents to cycle to school in line with the school’s active travel policy and will be used to provide covered cycle storage for 30 bikes within the school grounds.
Nairn Academy head teacher, Julie MacDonald said: “We are delighted to receive this financial support. The funding will allow us to continue to promote safer routes to school. We have many pupils and staff who cycle to school and we are keen to increase the numbers.
“Increased cycling will also help to reduce the traffic congestion on Duncan Drive which is an issue for the school and local residents. The funding will contribute towards secure storage for bikes.
“With increased community use of the school facilities, the cycle storage will also be available to those who access the school at the end of the day or for clubs at the weekend. We will work with pupils to consider the best options for the cycle storage.”