Pupils travel to school by sustainable transport
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South Gloucestershire Council is working with charity Sustrans on a sustainable travel project involving schools. On Monday 22 April, pupils at St Stephen’s were one of the first schools in the district to take part in the project which encourages children to make the school run on foot, scooter, bike or public transport so that their parents can leave the car at home.
Pupils who arrived at school using any of these methods were entitled to claim a free breakfast consisting of healthy items such as yoghurt and fresh fruit. A special assembly was also held to officially launch the project at the school. Kirsty Soper, aged 10, said: “It was really fun and I particularly enjoyed the races and the breakfast.”
Vicky Moore, Sustrans’ Active Travel to School officer, who is working on the project alongside road safety officers from the council, said: “We are working with a number of schools not only to tackle the problem of school gate congestion but to encourage pupils to adopt more active ways to travel. Ways that are not only healthier but fun.”
Nicola Barnett from our Road Safety Team, who also carries out scooter safety training at the school, said: “School pupils are offered a range of activities including cycle, pedestrian and scooter training, route planning and speed awareness sessions to give children the skills and knowledge they require to get to school safely. This will also help to encourage independent travel when they reach secondary school.”
The project forms part of the wider Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiatives which aim to reduce car use and carbon emissions across the region by targeting communities, workplaces and educational institutions. Funding is provided by the Department of Transport to local authorities including South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council and North Somerset Council, who together make up the Travel West Partnership. It is being delivered in collaboration with Sustrans.
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