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Help requested posted on 5th May 2017:

Encouraging walking & cycling

I am looking for successful examples of projects that have promoted walking and cycling for primary schoolchildren, particularly following on from pedestrian or cyclist training interventions. Ideally we are after a concept that will build upon the enthusiasm generated by the road safety inputs that removes the perceived barriers to sustainable travel.

Iain Temperton

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Response posted on 8th May 2017 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Encouraging walking & cycling

Hi,

When you refer to projects and concepts do you mean hard physical engineering measures (traffic calming, cycleways, ped crossings) or soft 'nudging' methods such as walk on Wednesdays, Bikeability)? From a soft engineering perspective I'd suggest contacting Living Streets for their walking initiative which achieved significant modal shift. Modeshift Stars are an accreditation scheme for schools which award bronze silver and gold awards. They are the key players in their field. Hope this helps. Happy to discuss further if required.


Response posted on 8th May 2017 by:
Mark Symonds

E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 01314693817

Encouraging walking & cycling

Hi Paul,

We have several examples where following Bikeability 2 we take pupils on a bike ride usually using the off-road path network and quiet routes so minimising risk but allowing for them to practice their newly learned skills.

For younger children we often take class walking trips to local destinations. As part of this, we get them to identify safe places to cross and check for traffic.

Happy to discuss!

Cheers,

Mark


Response posted on 9th May 2017 by:
Nick Ellis

E: nick.ellis@poole.gov.uk
T: 01202 262032

Encouraging walking & cycling

Hello Paul

A primary school with serious parking problem needed encouragement to help convince parents to leave the car away from school and walk. The children held a photo competition showing their recommended routes to school. Parents were invited to help with the initiative, walk and take photos. The photos were put onto a poster with a map and a few words so that no-one could say they were unaware of the walking routes 'chosen' by the children. So far, fewer cars near the school. This only cost us about 10 as the prize was a DVD (Finding Dory, it was a primary school).


Response posted on 11th May 2017 by:
Charlie Holland

E: Charlie@palaceofvariety.co.uk
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Encouraging walking & cycling

In Primary School children are more likely to cycle to school with a parent, often on the pavement - adult walking and child cycling. Lambeth is trying to get the parents to cycle to school too by providing cycle training to parents at the school including bike loan.

In Camden, Ben Knowles, their Cycle to School Officer is doing amazing work - great after school group rides and I really recommend you contact him . Also Camden is doing some interesting infrastructure changes. See http://camdencyclists.org.uk/2017/01/healthy-school-streets/

Lastly, check out Bikeability Plus if you aren't familiar with it - It is acknowledged that Bikeability though worthwhile needs to be in a wider scheme of measures to get children cycling and these Plus modules are for that


Response posted on 11th May 2017 by:
Jane Deeley

E: jdeeley@swindon.gov.uk
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Encouraging walking & cycling

We set up '5 minute walk zones' with around 20 schools here a few years ago. The children were actively involved with walking and mapping the zones, and we held a launch event at each school(usually a breakfast, with an element of fancy dress/footwear). The zones weren't compulsory, but schools were encouraged to run regular competitions & use incentives etc to promote them. The message was simply that it could be quicker to walk to school (or park and stride from 5 mins away) than to drive and park outside the gates. Our original pilot schools showed a marked increase in local walking. I'm happy to share examples of materials - they've already been used by several other LAs.


Response posted on 16th October 2017 by:
Alan Innes

E: Info@roadsafetymagic.com
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Encouraging walking & cycling

Highland Council have an excellent whole-school scheme that rewards classes or years who have the highest pro-rate percentage of those who walk/cycle/scoot etc. to school.

Can put you in touch with the guys that organise it.

Alan


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