INITIATIVES

Addressing school travel related issues with sustainable travel solutions.
There are many initiatives, resources and training available for schools to help encourage and facilitate active, safe and sustainable travel on the school journey.

Ranging from Alig8ors to Zig Zag Banners, the following information will help to give schools the resources and guidelines to carry out projects which will help achieve the aims, objectives and targets that have been set in their School Travel Plan.

It is intended that this information not only provides resources for schools, but ideas from which schools can generate their own, innovative initiatives which pupils will find fun and informative. The information and initiatives that are on the website are adaptable so that schools can modify them to meet their individual needs and unique situations. Pupils often have inventive and creative ideas so can make a useful input into developing the initiatives.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) School Travel Advisor is available to guide schools in selecting, setting up and developing initiatives to best suit their needs and aspirations. Please contact the School Travel Advisor if you would like any further information or advice.

Walking

  • Footsteps
    • Practical road safety awareness training aimed at pupils aged between 4 – 7 years old. The initiative relies on school/parent volunteers who will be initially trained by BCC and then go on to deliver the training to pupils back at school.
  • Go for Gold
    • An incentive based scheme developed to encourage children and their parents to use sustainable travel modes for the school journey. This can include walking, Crocodiles/Alig8ors, cycling, scooting, bus, train or car sharing.
  • Park and Walk
    • Families that are unable to walk the whole way are encouraged to park an agreed distance away from the school and then walk the rest of the journey.
  • Walking Crocodiles & Alig8ors
    • A formal escorted walking initiative that relies on parent volunteers to act as ‘Walking Crocodile/Alig8or’ escorts.

Cycling/Scooting

  • Biking Basics
    • A cycling course for schools to run with pupils aged 6-9 years in order to give a basic understanding of how to ride a bicycle safely off the road.
  • Bike/Scooter Safety
    • There are many ways in which to ensure that both bicycles and pupils are safe before cycling, including bicycle maintenance and high visibility clothing.
  • Bike to School Week
    • A National week held in May aimed at encouraging as many pupils as possible to cycle to school.
  • Cycle/Scooter Policy
    • Many schools prefer to have a Cycle Policy in place before allowing pupils to cycle to school. This is a formal agreement between pupils/parents and the school, highlighting the rules of bicycle use.
  • Scooter Skills
    • It is important that pupils understand how to scoot safely, so there is Scooter Skills training available for schools to use either during or after the school day in order to teach pupils how to scoot in a safe way.

Safety Issues

  • Parking
    • issues with parents parking dangerously and inconsiderately…
  • Perfect Parking Campaign
    • There are many ways in which to ensure that both bicycles and pupils are safe before cycling, including bicycle maintenance and high visibility clothing.
  • Parents Parking Promise
    • An initiative where parents pledge to drive and park considerately and appropriately around the school, these parents are given a sticker to display in their car. Schools can adapt the pledge document to meet their own needs
  • Pupil Traffic Wardens
    • With support from Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), pupils approach parents that are parking in dangerous and inconsiderate places outside of the school gates in order to try and make the area safe.
  • Safe Parking Banners
    • Schools can loan series of banners from BCC to display at the entrance to the school to help highlight the yellow Keep Clear lines (Zig Zags) and other areas, in order to discourage people from parking on them.
  • Speeding
    • concerns with regards to speeding outside of the school…
  • Community Speedwatch
    • A traffic monitoring scheme that is co-ordinated by the Police and Buckinghamshire County Council, but managed and run by volunteers in a community.
  • Make the Commitment
    • Make the Commitment is a campaign which aims to tackle the problems caused by inappropriate and excessive speed in local communities.

Pupil Involvement

  • Junior Road Safety Officers
    • Pupils that are allocated responsibility for promoting safe and sustainable travel (usually from Years 5-6). These pupils are often given specific tasks such as reading notices out in assembly and stamping Go for Gold cards.
  • Pupil Involvement
    • Pupils often have extremely creative and useful ideas to help encourage safe and sustainable travel. It is important to engage pupils in travel planning work and there are a number of ways in which this can be achieved.
  • Travel Choice Reps
    • Allocated Secondary School pupils that are responsible for keeping their fellow students informed about issues such as sustainable transport and road safety

Curriculum

  • Curriculum Resources
    • There are numerous resources available to schools to help incorporate sustainable travel and road safety into various aspects of the curriculum.
  • Theatre in Education
    • Drama can be an excellent way to engage pupils in considering and discussing travel related topics such as road safety. There are a number of companies that offer productions linked to safe and sustainable travel.
  • Transition
    • The transition from Primary to Secondary School can be daunting for pupils. A resource is available for schools to provide road safety and journey planning advice to help guide pupils to make their new journeys safely and sustainably.
  • Termly themes
    • The Sustainability Services Team develops a theme each term for their school travel plan work. School Travel Plan co-ordinators are sent termly theme sheets to give ideas of how the theme could be included in their School Travel Planning work.

Car Sharing

  • Car Share
    • If families are able to match their journeys with friends and share the driving, the number of cars travelling to school can be reduced, therefore easing congestion.

Young Drivers

  • Arrive Alive
    • A road safety programme aimed at 16-19 year olds to help influence young peoples’ attitudes towards road safety.
  • For My Girlfriend
    • A publicity campaign aimed at young drivers in order to remind them to drive responsibly.
  • Learn and Live
    • A road safety presentation delivered by Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service aimed at 15-25 year olds.
  • Perfect Partner (CD-ROM)
    • An interactive guide for accompanying drivers and learners including tips on how to carry out effective practice sessions.
  • Safe Drive Stay Alive
    • An innovative theatre in education project aimed at young drivers to help raise awareness of the potential dangers of driving and the possible consequences.

Promotion

  • Publicity
    • There are a number of ways in which safe and sustainable travel can be publicised to pupils, staff, parents, and the local community, in order to help ensure that the travel planning work has a positive impact.