We are working with schools to support children and families to walk, cycle or consider blended travel when travelling to and from school.

Our project work has included:

- Liaising with schools to encourage and help set up walking buses, park and stride and cycle trains and engaging with school councils and right's respecting groups.

- Working with Traffic and Highway Services to undertake travel plans for all primary schools, leading to improvements to cycle parking, crossing points and pavements.

- Supporting St Martins Primary school active travel project to create Guernsey's first School Street. Listen to the schools journey, how they empowered the children, gathered evidence and showed resilience in the face of barriers here St Martins School. Now no children are dropped off by car at the school gate aside from breakfast club and the playground is no longer used as a pickup point by cars at the end of the day.

- Helping local primary schools take part in the living Streets WOW challenge. Children use a Travel Tracker to record how they get to school each day. If they walk, cycle or scoot once a week for a month they collect a badge.

Email alex.coston@healthimprovement.gg to find out more.

Findings of the Active Travel Survey 17th and 18th October 2023

The active travel survey commenced in 2020 and has been carried out each year since. The 2023 request for the active travel audit was circulated to all headteachers and principals. All schools, including the grant-aided sector, were asked to respond. Weather conditions on the Tuesday and Wednesday were changeable with heavy showers and strong winds on the Wednesday. 

Teachers asked children in each class, by a show of hands, how each child travelled to and from school over the course of two days. The options were: walk; bicycle; scooter (not motorised); car; bus; blended travel. Secondary pupils also had the option to select motorbike/scooter. 

13 Primary Schools and 4 Secondary Schools responded (compared to 16 and 4 in May) which represents about 4,000 responses over the two days. Not all classes are represented in each school. This is about 1,000 fewer responses to May’s survey.

For the full report click on the resources link below.


Key Contact

Alex Costen Team - Active Travel Officer