Travelling actively to and from school

For many families, we know walking, scooting, or cycling to school isn’t always an easy option. But, with the current need to reduce congestion at the school gates and maintain social distancing, and the clear benefits of keeping traffic off the roads and encouraging lifelong heathy habits, now is the perfect time to explore active travel options. 

Following the last lockdown, some schools reported that over half of their children walked, cycled, or scooted when schools re-opened to all pupils. We can do this again!  

Here are some solutions and ideas that may help you to overcome some of the barriers we know children and parents experience.

At some schools, where there are particular concerns, Traffic and Highways Services is putting in bespoke arrangements to make the area around the school safer for more walkers and cyclists.

For cycling safety tips check out our infographic by clicking here.

For the Family Strava challenges – the free app that can be downloaded on your phone here – the challenge can be to do your route to school or home/car faster or go further or track your route together as a family

If you want to share the infographics as PDFs and print them off click here.

For more ideas and ways to be active check the following news articles:

#GetOutThere article which has links to the Ruette Tranquille app

Walk this way article which includes an interactive map for short walks

The power of play for ways to include play in your child's everyday life