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Alison
girls swimming

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School's out for summer! Here at Brightkidz we're taking a look at what we've done together with you - our customers and partners - to promote active travel over the last year. And we'll take a peek at what's planned for the year ahead.

But first, let's head back to last August.

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Alison
Clean Air Day 21 June 2018

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Clean Air Day events are being held across the country to increase awareness and encourage us all to take action to reduce air pollution.

But why does it matter, how does it affect our children and what can we do - not just on Clean Air Day but any day?

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Alison
kids walking on logs

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Why should we encourage our children to walk more? We know walking is good for their physical health but did you know it is good for their mental health too?

Here are four ways in which walking can help improve their mental well-being… and make them happier too.

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Alison
Kids Walk 2018 c. Brake

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The best place for children to learn about road safety is... outside of course!  By also making it into a fun event involving the whole school it's more memorable which helps the serious messages to stick.

And for your school you don't even need to plan it from scratch; road safety charity Brake have set up a great event for you this June!

Find out more about their Kids Walk 2018 and how your school can join in.
 

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Alison
children walking to school c.Living Streets

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Welcome to the summer term... and the month of May, which is National Walking Month.

So it's perfect timing to encourage parents and pupils to leave the car behind and walk to school.

"Easier said than done", I hear you say.  Ahhh... but help is on hand. Here at Brightkidz we don't just give you our ideas for promoting walking, cycling and road safety; we also tell you who else can help.

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Alison
sustrans big pedal 2018

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How can you inspire more children to cycle or scoot to school this spring?  One great way is to make sure your school signs up to Sustrans Big Pedal, the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. It's free to enter and there's a chance to win some great prizes... including Brightkidz goodies.
 

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Alison
lewisham civic centre

The air in our cities may look cleaner than the smog of the 1950s but nowadays much of our air pollution is invisible... although still harmful.

But there is hope; there are many actions we can take to make our air cleaner including greening our cities and choosing to walk or cycle more.

Pupils from 17 schools across Lewisham, London have been learning how they can make a difference thanks to their recent Air Quality Workshop which we were very happy to be part of.

Find out what they learnt... and pick up some tips for your school community too.

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Alison
Croydon Road Safety Design Competition

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‘Shine bright like a diamond’... how can a lyric from a Rihanna song inspire a child to become a road safety competition winner?

Teaching children how to be safe and seen near traffic is much easier if you hand the creative reins over to them and get them to convey the messages in a way which engages them and their peers.

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Anonymous
Road Awareness For Toddlers

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As parents we all want our children to be safe near traffic and to also lead healthy, active lives.

Laura Zitver is a mother of two young children, former road safety officer and former teacher who recognised there was a lack of road safety education for toddlers.

So she started RAFT - Road Awareness For Toddlers - to address this issue with fun, engaging activity sessions in Hertfordshire where she lives.

Here's Laura to tell us more...

 

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Alison
Books to promote active travel for children

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Are you ready for a story? National Storytelling Week starts tomorrow (27 January... until 3 February), and World Book Day is coming up (1 March). The flexibility of these popular events means they can be used by educators to inspire learning and interest in many different areas… including how pupils travel to school.

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