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29th August 2019

Promoting Active Travel 

With the new term fast approaching we thought it would be the perfect time for us to plant the seed to you about encouraging your pupils to walk and travel actively to school.

 

Did you know that it is recommend that 5-18 year olds get 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise every day? Actively travelling to school can easily build exercise into a daily routine and contribute toward a child’s daily 60 minutes of activity.

 

Active travel to school also helps to wake up the mind and body, helping children to learn well at school.

 

Promoting active travel to school can also have a positive impact on the environment. By not using motor vehicles to get to school the congestion, pollution and safety around the school gates could all be improved!

 

It is for these reasons that promoting active travel forms part of our Healthy School Award. We ask schools to demonstrate how they are actively promoting active travel and the impact it is having on their school setting. Previous school submissions have already shown that by promoting active travel, pupils bike skills and road safety awareness have improved considerably.

 

Think you do a great job at promoting active travel at your school? Want to get the accreditation that it deserves? If you are interested in attaining your Healthy School Award please click here or contact your Healthy Schools Advisor.

 

Ever thought about holding an active travel to school day, assembly or walking bus? If you would like some more ideas about how you could better promote active travel at your school, free resources and many other ideas for your school to use can be found below.

 

Bike to School Week: Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September 2019

A week-long event designed to showcase the benefits of cycling to school.

 

Active travel resources

Resources for schools can be found on Sustrans website, including case studies, resources and information.

 

School travel initiatives and walking buses

Further information can be found on the Cornwall Council website, including travel plans.

 

Active Travel Maps

These provide sustainable travel information including walking, cycling and public transport information together in one place. The maps show Schools, local shops, green spaces and how to get to them on foot, by bike or by public transport. The downloaded maps or a link can be added to your school website.

 

Walk to School

Further information is available from Living Streets including Walk to School week -which will take place 18-22 May 2020.

 

Park and Stride

This is a scheme that encourages parents that have to drive to only drive part of the way to school and walk the rest of the way. This helps to lower congestion near the school gates and local air pollution and also increase physical exercise. More information can be found here.  

 

Clean air and engine idling outside schools

Resources for schools are available here, including lesson plans & resources for Key Stages 1-3, leaflets, posters and much more.

 

Big Pedal 2020: 22 April- 5 May

This is a date for your school diary! The Big Pedal is a 10-day national challenge event which includes scooting, cycling and walking to school. To see more about local success in this year’s Big Pedal please click here.