Bedford Borough Council and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, work with local schools in Bedford Borough to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school Image supplied by Bedford Borough Council

More pupils are travelling actively to get to school

Bedford Borough Council and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans have been working with schools to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease. More pupils are regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities. Over 23,000 pupil attended a variety of sessions including learning how to scoot safely, bike skills and learning to balance on a bike.

The Sustrans project is not just about getting local children more active on their journey to school, but throughout their lives.

A survey of local school children found that more are using their bikes during their free time, forming good habits for a lifetime.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said:

“It is great to see local school pupils getting active on their way to school, from walking, to using their scooters, or cycling. This goes beyond just the school run.

“It’s about forming good habits for life, getting active and travelling in a sustainable way – for them and for the whole family.”

Sustrans runs programmes to get children moving in Bedford Borough. One of the biggest is the ‘Big Pedal’, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and walking challenge.

This took place across 10 days in during 2019, and over 36,000 school journeys were made in Bedford by walking, cycling or scooting. The Council says that this amounts to over 180,000 miles travelled actively.