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Alison

Starting school is a Big Thing; it’s exciting, they want to make friends and impress the teacher… and that’s just the parents!

But it can also be overwhelming with so much information to take in and a strong desire to do the ‘right thing’.

If you want parents and pupils to get the ‘walk to school’ habit from the start they may need your help and encouragement but your efforts now could have a really long-lasting effect.

Here are ten tips for schools to help make the most of this opportunity and create a ‘walk to school’ culture:

catch the bus week promo photo

Why drive when you can be driven? Personally I'd much rather travel by bus than take the car... my time is my own to check my phone and I don't need to worry about the traffic or finding a parking space.

However, many of us are in the habit of driving everywhere and would not think of taking the bus despite the growing levels of congestion and pollution. Children are growing up dependent on their parents for lifts and even unaware of how to read a timetable and catch a local bus... maybe not even knowing how to get it to stop!

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Alison
Broxap cycle shelter

Wondering what to do this weekend? Why not get on your bike? Tomorrow is the start of UK Bike Week (10-18 June), an annual opportunity to promote cycling and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life.

We love sharing cycling promotion resources with you, so to mark Bike Week here's a guest article from Broxap cycle shelter suppliers with cycle safety tips and details about their prize draw competition to win a bike shelter for your school. Closing date is Monday 19 June - good luck! Now over to Broxap...

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Alison
pollution from industry

From classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries to this year’s Netflix series The Crown, air pollution in London has played an atmospheric role in our entertainment culture for many years. It may create an air of nostalgia, excitement and mystery but the reality is harsh.

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Alison
outdoor classroom day 2017

You’ve heard about Walk to School Week and probably taken part too. Now here's something else going on this week; which is helping children make the most of the great outdoors during class time.

And we’ve plenty of ideas on how it could also be an inspiration to help you promote safe, active, sustainable travel...

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Alison
walking to school stickers

‘I need to make a volcano’! ‘I need a Greek costume!’ ‘I need to walk to school tomorrow!’

Being a parent is one of the most varied and challenging jobs in the world. No training course can fully prepare you. And when your child starts school there is a constant flow of homework projects, dress-up days and special initiatives which need your support.

So when your child asks if they can walk to school to earn a sticker, you may think it is not worth the effort of changing your ‘drive to school’ routine.

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Alison
red boots

Do you want to launch a new walk-to-school scheme? Boost your walking bus? Or just find ways of getting your own children to walk more? From bunnies and blooms, to shoes, shields and shades, here are ten ideas for the months ahead...

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Alison
press articles about walking to school

Read all about it! Read all about it! If you've organised a walk-to-school initiative or event and it's been a big success, it's great to let others know about it. But how do you get the word out?

What you need to do is plan ahead and send out a press release. Here we look at what this is, how you or your pupils can write an effective one and why getting press coverage isn't just good for your school but has wider benefits.

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Alison
British Science Week 2017 logo

It's British Science Week and for those of us involved in road safety education this is the ideal opportunity to show how being safe and seen and reflectivity can be integrated into science lessons.

One of our local infant schools is particularly hot on science and I was invited along to their 'Science at Work' day as part of their Science Week activities, to help 90 pupils make and test their own high vis tags. Here's how we got on.

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Alison
Disabled Access Day logo

Have you ever pushed a wheelchair? Have you ever used one yourself?

Until recently my only experience of wheelchairs was for a speedy dash from our car to the labour ward; fourteen years ago thanks to a convenient wheelchair my daughter was born in a bed and not in the hospital car park.

Then last year my dad's declining health and my determination that he should be able to 'get out and about' as much as possible meant I became more familiar with wheelchairs and some of the issues users face.

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