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Sunday 31 August 2014

Realt na Mara pupils learn safer cycling

Margaret Roddy

Published 24/04/2013 | 05:20

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Mary Kelly of ‘Pedal Right’, Principal Mary Hession, and Fifth and Sixth Class pupils who took part in the Go Dundalk Smarter Travel Cycle Training at Realt na Mara NS

Pupils from Realt na Mara are turning to pedal power to get to school as part of the Go Dundalk smarter transport schools programme.

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And to ensure that they get there safely, sixty-seven fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils took part in two days of cycle training at the school last Thursday and Friday.

The training, such was provided under the auspicious of Go Dundalk, saw the pupils swapping normal classes for lessons in road safety and bike maintenance.

The event proved hugely successful and young cyclists weren't deterred by the heavy showers on Thursday as they had brought a change of clothing and were able to put on rain gear. Friday's sunshine was an added bonus as the young cyclists enjoyed trying out their newly learned skills and a couple of brave teachers demonstrated that the only saying that one never forgets to learn how to ride a bike is true!

A spokesperson for the school said that quite a few pupils already cycle to school and they expect to see the number increase.

'We've got a fabulous bike shed which was built last year thanks to Go Dundalk so we are hoping that even more pupils will come to school on their bikes.'

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