We encourage active travel for all our school community because:
Walking and cycling keeps us fit and healthy
Children who cycle to school are significantly fitter and nearly five times as likely to be in the top quartile of fitness, than children who travel by other modes.
It helps pupils develop road safety skills which will keep them safe in later life
The age group with more children killed or seriously injured on London’s roads is 12 – 15 years, nearly three times more than any other child age group. That’s why we believe it’s important to prepare our children with the relevant skills to travel independently to secondary school.
We believe cycling is a life skill that everyone should be able to benefit from
Cycling contributes significantly to inclusion – providing children with the ability to access facilities, education and training in later life.
It helps keep our local air clean, and our local streets free from congestion
London exceeded permitted levels of particulate pollution over 36 days in six months during 2010, more than the permitted 35 days allowed during an entire year.
It helps us maintain friendly relationships with our neighbours
Dangerous and inconsiderate parking not only creates an unsafe environment outside the school but upsets our neighbours and local residents.
Ask yourself: Do you want to live in a place where everyone drives?
In London less than 50 per cent of households own a car. Imagine the congestion and pollution if 100 per cent of households drove.
"There is a significant positive relationship between physical activity in childhood and general ‘cognitive functioning’ and academic achievement in school.…"
Walk or cycle to school - Whenever possible
Park and walk - Where a car must be used we ask all parents to drive only part of the way, park away from the school and walk the rest of the way. This helps build exercise into daily routines and contributes to your child’s hour a day of physical exercise.
Keep the zig-zags clear - Not stopping and dropping off pupils outside the school reduces congestion, improves local air quality and keeps the area safe for pedestrians.
Some tips to help you avoid wasting money and improve performance
Park and walk - Park away from the school and walk the last five or 10 minutes.
Cold starts - Avoid leaving your engine ticking over for long periods. Drive off as soon as possible after starting as the car will warm up quicker and more efficiently when moving.
Idling - If your engine is idling you’re not moving and therefore getting ‘zero miles per gallon’. If you have to wait in a traffic jam or at a level crossing, it’s best to switch your engine off. In hot weather this is particularly important as it will help stop the engine overheating.
Eco-driving - Hard, fast driving results in using more petrol and wearing tyres – leading to more pollution and higher motoring costs. It is entirely inappropriate to accelerate and break hard in villages, towns and cities – where most road accidents occur. Safe and controlled driving is actually far harder and demonstrates considerable skill. It also saves wear and tear on the engine, clutch, gears, brakes and tyres – leading to better fuel economy and preventing unnecessary expenditure.
Drive smoothly - Accelerate gently and avoid heavy or sudden braking. As well as polluting the air, tyre and brake lining residue and exhaust pollution fall onto the road and pollute surface-water drains.
Care for your car - Check tuning, tyre pressure and fuel consumption – regular servicing helps keep your car efficient.
Road rage - Be respectful of the community and environment around you. If you can’t be patient and calm for others, consider your own heart. Stress means a person may be at a greater risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Kill your speed - Just five miles over a 30 mph speed limit can increase stopping distance by a further 21 feet. You should always be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead. Is it worth gambling that there isn’t a child around the corner?
Increased speed means increased fuel use. If you stick to the speed limit, you will find little difference in journey time, and a lot of difference in your stress level! And after all, what’s the point in rushing to join a queue?
Lighten up - Roof racks add drag and other unnecessary weight increases fuel consumption. Air conditioning and other on board electrical devices increase fuel consumption and cost you money – only use them when really necessary.
Walking one mile in 15 minutes burns about the same number of calories as running a mile in eight and a half minutes
How good is your driving?
Find out how good a driver you really are by doing a mock driving theory test. www.dsa.gov.uk/mockpaper/theoryintro.htm
The school Travel Policy available from the policies section of our website:
Walking gets results. Studies at the University of Essex showed that exercise helped 10 and 11-year-olds do better in exams.
Travelling by more active modes of travel is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to build exercise into our daily routine
Physical activity can boost mental well being and change your outlook on life. It can help with anxiety and depression, and there’s evidence to suggest it can prevent it occurring in the first place
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