Model School senior infant Alice McManus cycles to school regularly and finds it great fun.
Earlier this year, she thought it would be even better if her friends could cycle to school with her. Together with her friends in senior infants they got classmates and pupils in other years to sign a book saying they wanted a Great Cycle Day.
They even got a school bus driver to sign the book. Because Alice cycles to school everyday she knows that the roads can be dangerous and scary for children.
She wrote a letter to Superintendent Patrick Dunne at Kilkenny Garda Station with a copy of all the names in her book and asked for help in making a safe cycle day May 14. No sooner had the letter arrived at the station, the Kilkenny Traffic Corps were at the Model School offering to help and suggestions to those who couldn’t cycle on the day could walk.
Those who could only be dropped to school that day clapped and cheered everyone else home like our a little Giro Italia! The Traffic Corps chose the Glenbawn Estate on the Castlecomer Road as a meeting point for the morning of Great Cycle Day, where the school busses and parents dropped off the children and bikes.
The parade of cyclists and walkers set off down the Castlecomer Road to the Model School with wide grins and honks of laughter. Next year, Alice would like all the schools in Kilkenny to join the Great Cycle Day, and who knows who after that?