When pupils are actively involved with travel planning at their school, there is a greater feeling of ownership and sustainability. Pupils generate enthusiasm and run with new ideas. The ensuing pester power is vital to changing the hearts and minds of the school community.

School Council
Most schools today have an elected body of pupils representing the voice of the student population of the school. This is an ideal forum for discussing ongoing Walk to School Initiatives, such as Go for Gold or special events such as Walk to School Week/Month.

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO’s)
Pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 can be elected as JRSO’s. Their role is to promote road safety and sustainable travel at their school.

Travel Choice Reps (TCR’s)
Secondary school’s can appoint a student group to be TCR’s. Although this is primarily aimed at Y7 students who have been JRSO’s in their primary school, there would be flexibility for schools to elect students from any year group. This group of students can help the STP coordinator embed travel plan ideas into school life as well as generate their own momentum to drive actions forward. Teacher and Student Packs can be down loaded from the web site.

Travel Choice Shop
Secondary school students can set up and run a Travel Choice Shop at their school to provide students and staff with information on sustainable travel for current and new journeys.

The Traveline web site provides all the details for journeys across the UK. Students will need access to a computer (school libraries are often an ideal location) and they will need to familiarise themselves with Traveline.

A Travel Choice Shop can be run as an ongoing initiative, but most schools have used the shop to aid specific events; Y6 transition day, Key Stage 4 Work Experience and Sixth Form University interviews.