The new path, which runs from Hunderton Avenue to the rear of the school on Belmont Avenue, provides a safe route for parents and children to walk and cycle from nearby residential areas.
The path was paid for using a grant from the council’s School Travel Fund, which forms part of the Destination Hereford project. The fund offers grants up to £10,000 to help schools in Hereford to deliver projects which support staff and students to travel to school by sustainable means, such as walking and cycling which not only help to reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions but also offers a healthier lifestyle.
Steve Burgess, head of transportation and access for Herefordshire Council, said: “We’re delighted with the new path at Riverside Primary School and with hundreds of parents and children using it as a safer route to school, it clearly demonstrates why we offer the School Travel Fund.”
“The fund has helped a number of local schools, such as St James Church of England Primary School and Broadlands Primary School who have built parent shelters and Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College who have built new cycle shelters.”
Treena Stillwell, a parent from Golden Post, said: “The new path is just what we needed, as it means we can get our children to school without having to go near busy main roads. The route’s so safe, I know a number of parents who’ve said that as their children get older, they’d be more than happy to let them cycle or walk to school with friends.”
To find out more about sustainable travel in Herefordshire, please visit: www.herefordmove.org.