Bike Safety

 

As we edge towards finer weather, we are sure to come across more bicycles on the roads around St Stephen’s. Please remind your children of the importance of obeying road rules, particularly around local, busy intersections. Students riding to and from school should be encouraged, but also reminded that standard road rules applying to motorists also apply to cyclists using or crossing a road.

 

Mr. Andrews

“God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

Reminder – New location for the Student Bike Racks

A reminder that the student bike rakes have been relocated.

One set is next to the secondary basketball courts near Timae House, the others adjacent to the Alethea House. The new locations can be viewed on the attached map.  Duncraig Bike Racks 2017

Students can access the bike racks via Doveridge Drive, Hepburn Road or the cycle path on the eastern side of the campus. When on school grounds it is an expectation that students dismount, and walk their bikes to the racks. Please remind your sons and daughters that it is expected that all student bikes are secured using a lock when on campus.

 

Relocation of Student Bike Racks

The student bike racks will be relocated in the next holiday break to two areas on the campus. One set will be placed next to the secondary basketball courts near Timae House, the others adjacent to the Alethea House. The new locations can be viewed on the attached map.  Duncraig Bike Racks 2017

Students can access the bike racks via Doveridge Drive, Hepburn Road or the cycle path on the eastern side of the campus. When on school grounds it is an expectation that students dismount, and walk their bikes to the racks. Please remind your sons and daughters that it is expected that all student bikes are secured using a lock when on campus.

Bennet Andrews

Deputy Head of Secondary (Care)

Bicycle thefts

Over the last month we have had three bicycles stolen from the bike racks. On both occasions thieves have used bolt cutters – on the first occasion to cut through our fence (as the gate there is locked)  and on the last occasion this week, to cut the cable securing a student’s bicycle. Last term we had 2 bicycles that had been left at school over a weekend stolen.

We know from experience that cameras in this situation are not a deterrent and simply change the plans of thieves. Our grounds staff have been patrolling the area regularly each day, and thefts have occurred when they are out of sight. On occasion cameras help police identify culprits after a theft. The proximity of the cycle racks to the public foot path which leads to the pedestrian bridge and to the station has sadly become a factor.

During the September / October break we will be moving the bike racks to areas further from the perimeter fence and to areas where is more regular “school traffic” to act as a deterrent to thieves. We have identified areas and once the racks are relocated we will inform students as well as establish expectations regarding where students should dismount and push bicycles. From the start of next term students will rack and lock their bicycles away from the edges of the school.