Rice College triumphs in promoting Westport to walk!
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WOW Westport’s Car Free Day was a massive success! Congratulations to Rice College who closed their school gates to help celebrate the day – making it a very historic occasion. Nearly 600 individuals walked, bussed and Park’N’Strided to school! The school is an entirely Car Free Zone for the whole day! Parents and staff used designated Park’N’Stride locations throughout the town. Our Car Free Day had a huge impact on the morning’s traffic in the town – it flowed very well and there were no tailbacks. One commuter stated that “it was like being in town at 7am on a Sunday morning!”. Well done to everyone who walked, cycled and Park’n’Strided today.
"Car free day was a great success today. Well done to all the parents/guardians, students and staff at Rice College. It really showed how if everyone makes a little effort we can achieve so much in terms of reducing congestion in the town at rush hour and also helping the environment and our health. Great feedback from parents about a good flow of traffic this morning. Great idea Westport Smarter travel.”
Mr Fergal Macken, Teacher Rice College
"I really enjoyed my walk to work, plus I actually arrived earlier than I would have if I travelled by car!"
Shelly O’Neill, Carraig Donn
"What a difference it makes to the morning traffic congestion. There’s nothing better than leaving your car and getting out into the fresh air before the working day starts"
Karen Moore, Westport Chamber
Westport Smarter Travel would like to thank all staff, students, parents and guardians for promoting and participating in the day. A special thank you to Principal Michael Rabbette, Ms Paula Behan and Mr Fergal Macken for helping to organise and coordinate the event. It was a great day for the town of Westport and we envisage to have lots more car free days in the future.
Eva McIntyre, WST