Cy­cling fears for school com­mute

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @ET_REVILLE

A MOTHER who is scared her son could be in­jured on his cy­cling com­mute to school has spear­headed a cam­paign to in­tro­duce a new bike path.

Tasha Robi­nett, of Church Walk, Yax­ley, is wor­ried that her son Lo­gan (16) could be knocked off his bike and in­jured or even killed when cy­cling to Stan­ground Academy, in Peter­bor­ough Road, Stan­ground, Peter­bor­ough.

She works full-time and claims the eight-mile round-trip is too far for her son to walk.

Lo­gan cur­rently catches a free bus to school but that ser­vice is only of­fered to chil­dren from Year 7 to Year 11 and will not be avail­able when he starts his A Lev­els in Septem­ber.

The an­nual cost to catch a bus from Yax­ley to Stan­ground is around £500 leav­ing him the only op­tion to cy­cle along the busy B1109 Peter­bor­ough Road - where she has been cam­paign­ing for a cy­cle route to be built.

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been sup­ported by Stan­ground Academy and Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil, but the cy­cle lane can­not be made a re­al­ity un­til an un­named farmer who owns land next to the road al­lows it to be built.

Mrs Robi­nett said: “Some­body is go­ing to get killed and some­thing has to be done to stop that. When chil­dren go into sixth form, the Gov­ern­ment feels fit that par­ents have to pay for trans­porta­tion.

“I have been speak­ing with the coun­cil and the school and they both agree that we need a cy­cle route be­tween Yax­ley and Stan­ground, we just need the farmer’s per­mis­sion.

“My con­cern re­gard­ing this lack of cy­cle way is not solely for the cy­clist but also for the driv­ers. Due to the in­dus­trial sites in Yax­ley now, there has been a ma­jor in­crease in com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles us­ing this road.”

Mrs Robi­nett first spoke to the coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2011 and was ini­tially ad­vised that the plan had been ap­proved.

A Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil spokesman said: “We have se­cured the plan­ning con­sent for the cy­cle path and the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign is com­plete.

“We still need to pro­cure the land. Is­sues of land own­er­ship re­main that will de­lay im­ple­men­ta­tion un­til they can be re­solved.”

The farmer who owns the land ear­marked for the cy­cle path could not be reached by The Evening Tele­graph.

Ali­son Ross, who be­came Stan­ground Academy prin­ci­pal last month, has backed be­hind the cam­paign.

Mrs Ross said: “A par­ent told me about the lack of a cy­cle path and it was quite ob­vi­ous to see that the need was ab­so­lutely there.

“The academy is the lo­cal school and pupils should be able to get here safely, and on the buses it can cost £500 a year.

“We want to help young peo­ple to get to school for post-18 ed­u­ca­tion.

“If they had the cy­cle lanes it would help a lot of young peo­ple.

“If they have got the per­mis­sion from the county coun­cil I think ev­ery­one is want­ing it to hap­pen.

“It is not just one mum’s point of view. It is the school’s point of view.”

(METP-16-05-12BD502) Picture: BEN DAVIS.

fears: Tasha and Lo­gan Robi­nett who are cam­paign­ing for a new cy­cle path be­tween Yax­ley and Stan­ground Academy.

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