Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Miriam Ibrahim from St.Leo’s College, Carlow pictured at the Green-Schools #AndSheCycles awards

Presentation College students Anna Miller, Tara Lyons and Amy Keating from Presentation College Carlow pictured with their teacher Karen Kavanagh and performer Elaine Gallagher at the #AndSheCycles Award Ceremony in Dublin

Students from two Carlow schools were recognised for tackling the cycle gender gap.

At a ceremony in Dublin 41 secondary school students including four students from Carlow schools were honoured as new #AndSheCycles Ambassadors by the Green-Schools Programme. The #AndSheCycles Ambassador Programme focuses on addressing the teenage cycling gender gap through supporting student leaders to take action to enable and empower their peers and friends to cycle to school. Students from Presentation College and St. Leo’s College participated in the programme and attended the awards in Dublin on May 5.

The three students from Presentation College, Carlow presented their work to the awards audience.

The 2021/2022 group of ambassadors took various actions to make their school more cycling-friendly and encourage their peers to consider cycling to school. The ambassadors conducted surveys to better identify the main barriers to a stronger cycling culture in their school; they lobbied for better infrastructure and applied for funding for bike parking at their school. Some created large art installations using old bike parts to draw attention to their campaign, while others contacted local representatives to ask for funding for initiatives like a bike to school or local bike rental scheme.


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