YOUNGSTERS across Warwickshire are being encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot back to school.
Warwickshire County Council is encouraging all families and young people to consider travelling actively this new school year.
Warwickshire’s Road Safety and Active Travel Team is also suggesting those who live further from school ‘park and stride’ – which involves leaving the car in a safe place ten minutes away from school and walking the remainder.
Travelling actively to school allows children and young people to learn about their local area, improve their independence and helps their mental and physical health. Active travel also makes the streets around the school safer and reduces congestion and pollution around the school gates.
WCC transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki 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 hope that all our parents and carers give some thought to travelling safely and actively to and from school as we embark upon the new school year.”