Zaun helps school children get active

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Fencing solutions specialist Zaun has helped Paget High School in Staffordshire tackle the school run head-on and encourage more of its pupils to ride to school.

The company used its manufacturing expertise to design a brand new range of robust bike lockers for the site that provides secure storage for individual bikes.

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Alastair Henman, MD at Zaun, commented: “Cycling to school is a great option for children, their parents, and the environment. For pupils, it helps them be more active and healthy, whilst parents benefit from not having to deal with the stress of tackling the heavy traffic on the school run.”

Paget High School approached Zaun as part of a wider initiative to make their pupils more environmentally conscious. Pupils weren’t going to school on their bikes as there was nowhere to store them securely, which consequently had a knock-on effect with car drop-offs.

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To combat this, the school’s facilities manager Patrick Connolly had the idea to install bike lockers, allocate a locker per child, and charge them a fee per term, which would be refunded at the end of the year. The response from pupils was excellent.

Patrick Connolly said: “The two most important factors were security, to ensure pupils had the confidence that their bikes would be safe, and the price it would cost the school to install them. Research indicated that bike lockers were extremely expensive, so I was delighted when we approached Zaun that it could design and develop a bike locker that exceeded our requirements at an extremely cost-effective price. The company worked with us every step of the way, from manufacturing right through to delivery and installation.

“The impact of the initiative has been fantastic, which due to its success, has meant more lockers have had to be installed to cope with demand from pupils. The result means the majority of pupils are now riding to school. To complement this, it has greatly reduced congestion on the main road outside the school gates. Overall, a win-win situation all around!”

Suitable for various applications, including schools, universities, train stations and offices, Zaun’s bike lockers feature a simple yet strong locking system to ensure the security of the bike, with either 200 x 50mm or 200 x 25mm mesh specified as the locker body. The individual bike lockers mean the cycle can not be tampered with and eliminates the need to remove the saddle or rear wheel.

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About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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