New bike storage in Dorset supports more people to cycle to school

Pupils and teachers at schools across Dorset are enjoying space for 260 more cycles following the installation of brand new cycle storage facilities.

The storage was funded by Dorset Council through the Department for Transport’s Travel Demand Management Fund and Local Transport Plan Fund, and jointly organised with walking and cycling charity Sustrans.

Amongst the schools who received additional storage, The Purbeck School now has a total of 200 covered cycle parking spaces. Lytchett Minster School has an additional 20 spaces, bringing their total to nearly 200 as well. Milldown Primary School in Blandford now has a new 40 space shelter on site.

Bike It Officers from Sustrans work with pupils, parents and staff at schools across the county, supporting them to choose active travel. Having worked in the area since 2010, the officers identified schools that would benefit from additional cycle storage.

The storage has been installed to help more people to cycle to school by accommodating the increasing number of cycles.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said: “I want to give a big thank you to Sustrans and everyone involved in getting these new storage facilities installed. Anything that encourages people to get out of their cars and into active travel such as cycling gets a thumbs up from me. As well as improving health and wellbeing, cycling also helps cut down on vehicle emissions – one of the primary goals set within our Climate and Ecological Emergency strategy for Dorset.”

Jonathan Dixon, Bike It Plus Officer from Sustrans, said: “It’s brilliant to see the new storage in place and being used already. It’s so important that we have somewhere safe to keep our bikes when we arrive at our destination, and these facilities offer exactly that for the pupils and staff.

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