Making safe routes to school happen -the Baubigny Schools pathway
Living Streets Guernsey LBG has opened the new pathway to St.
Sampson's High and Le Murier schools. Students can now walk or cycle through the countryside using a virtually
traffic free route into the back of the schools.
has been all about choice. We believe that students should have the option of being able to walk or cycle to school. Two
thirds of St. Peter Port students used to go to their school in Les Ozouets on foot or on their bikes. We wanted to find
a way for them to continue to do so.
In 2007, with the help of local
residents, we set out to find a route through to the new schools using the existing footpaths and
green lanes. The most direct route involved a short cut through a private vinery site which backed onto the school
land. Our contribution to this project was negotiating a pathway along the edge of this 8 acre vinery.
“missing link” the route could not have been developed and we are proud of what we have achieved.
Thanks to the support and advice from the Planners in the Environment Department we have
been able to develop an attractive wide pathway flanked by new earth banks and fenc- ing. Funding and help in
kind from many Guernsey companies has enabled us to clad a large bank of glasshouses near the path with clear
pvc to guard against flying glass.
New pedestrian gates have been installed at each end
of the vinery site which are kept permanently open for the students. In February we planted 600 hawthorns on top of
the 200m of earth banks to complete the project.
a handful of students are using the new route which is very disappointing. However, we are confident that the numbers will
build up in the future once parents realise the potential of the route.
We believe that everyone should be
working together to encourage students to use the jour- ney to school as an opportunity to keep fit. Research
from the Department for Transport found that 9 out of 10 teachers reported that children who walk to school are more
alert and ready to work when they enter the classroom.
We have taken three years to develop this route—we now need
to sustain it for future generations.
Living Streets Guernsey LBG,
Maison du Rocher, Rue de la Vallée, Torteval, GY8 0PW.
Phone: 01481 268088. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: livingstreets.org.gg