In 2016 a project in Wokingham looked at how children travel to school when they start. It found that over a quarter (26.4%) of year 7 pupils want to travel to school differently. It also found that 11% of them would prefer to cycle.
To encourage less car travel during key transition times, schools can take up these actions:
- Provide parents with a special travel info pack during open evenings to show different travel options.
- Promote car-sharing at open evenings, where parents can find others living nearby to share lifts.
- Host a road safety workshop in the autumn term to teach kids about being visible when walking.
- Hold assemblies that talk about the social benefits of walking, cycling, and taking the bus.
- Have a road safety workshop in the summer term. This will aim to boost confidence in walking and cycling.
- Organise a walking bus from the primary school to the secondary school. This will help children feel more confident and socialise while walking.
- Lead a cycle ride from the primary to the secondary school, guided by the My Journey team. This will boost confidence for students and parents.
- Hold a competition to see which class can walk, cycle, or scoot the most.
- Encourage sign ups for Walk to School and Cycle to School initiatives offered by My Journey.
- Promote car-sharing at open evenings.
- Provide personalised travel info packs.
- Offer travel maps and information.
- Use icebreakers in forms to help students find others to walk or cycle with.
- Host walkers' and cyclists' breakfast events.
- Organise a competition between classes in the autumn term.
- Arrange cycle focus days. These can include bike checks and safer cycling assemblies conducted by the My Journey team.
- Provide Level 3 Bikeability training courses organised by the My Journey team.