Tag: school run

Local authorities urged to make space around schools

Living Streets, the UK walking charity behind the biggest walk to school campaign, has written to local authorities urging them to take urgent action to improve the walk to school.

It has suggested that councils use some of the emergency active travel fund to implement ‘School Streets’. These will ban vehicles from school gates during peak drop off and collection times.

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Children encouraged to saddle-up for Big Pedal schools’ challenge

Central Bedfordshire Council, with the support of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, is encouraging children, teachers and parents to jump on their bikes and scooters to take part in The Big Pedal 2020.

The competition runs from Monday 22 April to Friday 5 May is a national challenge between schools to get more young people cycling and scooting.

It is free to enter and will encourage participants to leave their cars at home and choose two wheels for their school journey instead.

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Bedford Borough children getting active and car use reducing on school journeys

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.

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Trading sleigh bells for bike bells

Lower and primary school pupils across Central Bedfordshire are taking part in a Christmas challenge by counting up their walking, scooting and cycling journeys to school to see if they can travel virtually to visit Santa in Lapland.

The challenge organised by Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, will take place between Monday 2 December and Friday 13 December and aims to decrease the number of cars used on the school run.

Almost 40 schools have already signed up to take part in this year’s challenge which also gives pupils the opportunity to learn about the towns, cities, cultures and Christmas traditions of the countries they visit along the way.

Using a record card, pupils and their teachers will monitor active travel trips to school. All journeys will then be combined with the goal of achieving 2,000 miles, the equivalent distance from Central Bedfordshire to Lapland. One lucky child will be drawn at random to win a brand-new lightweight Frog bike.

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Top 3 most annoying things about the school run? Cars, cars and more cars

International Walk to School Month

The Living Streets charity is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run. This follows research (YouGov 2018) released for International Walk to School Month.

It reveals that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run, specifically too many cars around school gates (54%).

Cars parking on the pavements (50%) and too much traffic on the journey (45%) round off the top three.

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