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School Transition

A Wokingham project examining travel behaviours when starting school found that over a quarter (26.4%) of year 7 pupils want to travel to school differently, 11% of pupils would rather cycle to school.

In early 2016, My Journey worked with parents, pupils and staff at four schools across Wokingham. Based on the feedback from the schools, the below action plan has been put together and is recommended for schools to adopt to help encourage less car travel to school at key transition periods. More information can be provided on all of the actions below, just message us with your query here.

Reception

  • Providing parents with a personalised travel information pack at open evenings to highlight the different travel options available.
  • Car sharing promoted at open evenings e.g. parents can put a numbered sticker on a map and leave their contact details against a table in order to identify other parents living in local area who are willing to share lifts. 
  • Road Safety workshop in autumn term.

Year 6

  • Assemblies highlighting the social benefits (including independence) of walking, cycling and taking the bus.
  • Road Safety workshop in summer term to ‘bridge the gap’ and develop confidence in walking & cycling.
  • Led walking bus from feeder primary school to secondary school to increase confidence and demonstrate the social aspects of walking. 
  • Led cycle ride from feeder primary school to secondary school to increase students’ and parents’ confidence.
  • Competition e.g. what class can walk, cycle or scoot the most. 

 Year 7

  • Car sharing promoted at open evenings
  • Personalised travel information pack
  • Travel maps and information
  • Ice breakers in forms to identify fellow students to walk or cycle with
  • Walkers and/or cyclists breakfast
  • A competition during autumn term between classes
  • Cycle focus days (including bike checks, bike security marking and cycling talks)
  • Level 3 Bikeability training