promote active travel to school
Encourage more children to walk and cycle to school. To do either needs providing safe routes to school, where car traffic is limited and restricted in speed to 15 or at most 20 mph. Bikeability courses in schools are training children to ride bikes on roads. Safe and secure storage facilities needs to be provided at both home and school ends of the journey. All new housing developments should ensure cycle routes and storage facilities are built into the designs. Parishes should designate access routes to school for pedestrian and cycle use.
Why the contribution is important
Getting children active in their travel has obvious health benefits and starts to address the fact that a large proportion of our children do not do the minimum recommended daily activity levels. More children walking and cycling reduces the number of cars on the school run with the reduction in congestion and pollution. Encouraging a more active habit of commuting in the young will then create a generation of people where active travel is the norm and this habit is then taken into adult life and the commute to work. This has considerable benefits for a more healthy population.
by Ali on February 15, 2021 at 05:01PM