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21st Sep, 2021

Warwickshire children encouraged to cycle, roll or walk to school

ROLLING, walking and cycling are being encouraged as children return to school this month.

The Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership is encouraging families and young people to consider travelling actively either on foot, by bike or by scooter.

Travelling actively to school allows children and young people to learn about their surroundings, improve their independence and helps their mental and physical health.

Furthermore, active travel makes the streets around the school safer and reduces congestion and pollution around the school gates.

The partnership has been hosting events and distributing high visibility items to encourage this way of travelling.

It is also working to improve the travel options to our schools, with joint initiatives between Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) to improve school parking.

The introduction of safe and active travel officers in January will further aim to encourage active travel in schools, workplaces and communities as part of a wider climate change strategy in Warwickshire.

WCC transport spokesman Wallace Redford said: “Helping children form good habits from a young age through travelling actively to and from school allows them to develop road awareness and learn about risk, therefore helping them learn how to look after themselves and be safe.

“Active travel, to and from school, not only helps to improve children’s road awareness, it also reduces the number of cars on our roads at peak times, which will reduce the number of potential collisions and be better for the environment.

“We are encouraging all parents and carers to think about travelling safely and actively to and from school as part of the partnership’s #ShareTheSpace campaign which runs from the 6th to the 19th of September.”

The team has put together some hints and tips to consider:

– Plan a safe route in advance.

– If cycling or scooting, check the bicycle or scooter is in a good working order.

– Plan, prepare and rehearse the journey if using a new route.

– Arrange to meet friends and travel together.

– If it is too far to walk, cycle or roll, consider Park and Stride. This allows cars to be left in a safe place a short ten minute walk away from school.

– If it is too far a distance to make every day, commit to travelling actively a few times a week either to school, the office or elsewhere.

Visit https://warksroadsafety.org for more information and advice.

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