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September 2020 Back to School - Active School Travel

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Can you walk, scoot or cycle either all or some of the journey to and from school? September 2020 Back to School is not the normal start of the school year for any of our Staffordshire Schools, or their pupils. There is a risk that if more parents choose to use the car for the whole of the school journey areas will see increased congestion, parking problems and air pollution. 

Why? 

As a parent here is why active travel is the choice for you:

  • Walking, scooting or cycling helps pupils reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
  • Active travel helps pupils develop road safety skills.
  • Active travel keeps our streets free from congestion and is good for the environment.
  • Active travel helps pupils arrive at school alert for lessons.
  • It's free!

Great tips to make your walk, cycle or scoot to school fun:

Walking cycling or scooting to school doesn’t just help the environment, it helps you to be fit and active and ready to learn:

How?

Tips for making active travel easier and the school gates clear of traffic and safe:

  • Pushed for time? Walking, cycling or scooting can take less time than in the car, especially if you re-time your journey outside of busy periods. If time still feels tight, commit to actively travelling to school for a couple of days a week and then step it up when you’ve cracked the morning routine.
  • Too far to walk or heading to work? Park and stride it. Where can you leave your car and walk the last 10 minutes.
  • Bad weather? Keep the all-weather wear to hand and make the journey to school fun.
  • Map out and try out a new route now so that you and your children are more aware and confident.
  • Make it fun - arrange to meet friends and walk together or turn the journey into a game. Are you on a nature trail or playing ‘I Spy?’
  • Buddy up - could you take turns with other families to walk to school? It’s fun for your kids to walk with their friends and easier on you.
  • Walk home and not both ways - is the walk to school too tricky? Can you do the walk home?
  • Using childcare? Does your childcare provider build walking into their day?

Did you know that going to school in the car could mean you’re exposed to twice as much air pollution than walking, cycling or scooting the same route so why not walk, cycle or scoot? Here’s some great tips to start the day the right way:

Game on! Games to make every school journey an adventure:

  • iSpy - See if you spot an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet and then swap over!
  • Scavenger hunt - Create a shortlist of things your children need to look for on their journey. The one that spots most wins!
  • Nature sleuth - Nature is all around no matter where you live. So, how many cats did you see? Which bird is loudest?
  • Categories - Think of a category, like flowers, colours, animals, vegetables, and take it in turns to name something in that category.

Plan your journey to school

Use the bespoke travel planner that your school will send to you or use the online route planner.

Contact the Active School Travel Team: into@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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