Cotswold second school to get bike tracks

ACTIVE: Cotswold Primary School to be part of the bikes in schools programme to develop a love for cycling in pupils.

Cotswold Primary School is raising funds to install new tracks and provide bicycles for pupils.

The bikes in schools programme is run across the country to get more children cycling in a safe environment on school grounds.

If successful in its fundraising, Cotswold will only be the second school in the city to run the programme.

Last year Rawhiti School in North New Brighton installed three tracks and bought more than 50 bicycles, which associate principal Paula Fleming Connell said is what Cotswold wants as well.

She said the school is looking to raise more than $100,000 to complete the project but is well on the way with a $15,000 grant from the New Zealand Transport Agency and $5000 from the Southern Trust.

Christchurch bikes in schools project manager Anouk Minnaar said due to the demand for construction work in Christchurch, the quotes have been a lot higher than other regions.

“The cost here is expensive because contractors have other priorities,” she said.

Mrs Fleming Connell said the school wants asphalt tracks so they don’t have to be maintained after they’re built – maintaining the bicycles will be cost enough.

The tracks would also be open for the wider community and nearby pre-schools to use as well.

Ms Minnaar and Mrs Fleming Connell made a deputation to the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board regarding Cotswold’s plan.

The board is waiting for a report back from city council staff and once that’s back, Cotswold is looking for a grant of up to $20,000.