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Bishop's Stortford school finds space for town centre bike rack

Birchwood High School is now the proud owner of a two-tier cycle rack previously sited in Bishop’s Stortford town centre.

The parking for 16 bikes, which initially cost £3,340, has been moved from the Causeway – a choice of location that attracted almost universal criticism on social media – to the secondary’s campus in Parsonage Lane.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “East Herts Council approached local secondary schools in February to see if there was interest in rehoming the rack, which was snapped up by Birchwood.

Bike rack at Birchwood (46573247)
Bike rack at Birchwood (46573247)

“The new rack is a brilliant addition to our cycling provision and we now have space to store 50 bikes.

“More students than ever before are cycling to school, which is something we actively encourage.

“Cycling is wonderful for health and wellbeing and also supports our commitment to improving the local environment.”

The Causeway/Link Road,Bishop's Stortford. New bicycle rack. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (46573250)
The Causeway/Link Road,Bishop's Stortford. New bicycle rack. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (46573250)

Birchwood has two cycling clubs, run by PE teacher Andy Barratt and deputy principal Charles Gilbank, which meet on Mondays and Tuesdays.

This week students got their first chance to try out Birchwood’s remodelled dirt cycle track with a challenging array of berms and bumps.

Last November, East Herts Council was given a tight deadline to install the bike rack or lose funding from Herts County Council.

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