School travel: our strategy to promote sustainable modes of travel to school
Summary of the Sustainable Travel to School Strategy 2010
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 places a general duty on local authorities to promote the use of sustainable transport on the school journey. Sustainable travel is any form of transport that keeps damage to our environment, and therefore to the future, to a minimum.
The sustainable travel to school strategy builds on other related policies, initiatives and strategies at both national and local level to improve the safety, health, well-being and future prospects of young people. The strategy takes into account the needs of young people with disabilities, extended schools, 14-19 diplomas and the future needs of schools and pupils.
Our vision for travel to school is to help children and young people in Hampshire travel to places of education and training in ways that are sustainable and good for their health, personal development and independence. It has the following objectives:
- To reduce the impact of the school journey on local congestion by increasing the proportion of journeys by walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing;
- To promote practical opportunities (through learning) for young people to determine changes to their own travel habits, including arrangements that will support sustainable school transport, through the provision of road safety training, cycle training, walking buses, car share schemes and park and stride schemes;
- To provide map based travel information for every school and college for choice advisors, parents and schools; showing how schools are served by: bus (including school transport provided by the County Council), footways, cycle routes, roads and associated features such as crossing points and patrols, traffic calming measures and speed limits;
- To contribute to the targeted 50% reduction in fatal and serious child casualties occurring on the Hampshire road network by 2010, from their average level over the years 1994-98;
- To contribute to local and national Government health targets through improved children’s health, and
- To increase awareness of the safety, health, environmental and economic implications of transport and travel.
The County Council hopes to achieve these in partnership with schools, colleges, the police, and parents.
- To complete an infrastructure audit of routes to schools
- To actively support initiatives aimed at reducing the single passenger car journey
- Publish interactive mapping providing sustainable travel information on Hampshire County Council’s website and encouraged schools to use it as a resource during lessons such as information technology.
- To provide schools with individual travel packs containing mapping and information identifying safe crossing points, bus stops, school keep clears, cycle storage and approximate walking and cycling times for their school.
- Monitor travel modes through the annual school census, and review where necessary
- Take active steps to encourage cycling, walking and car share
- To investigate sources of funding to support the strategy
- To offer active support to all schools to encourage sustainable travel.
The strategy builds on work done by schools through their travel plans. It offers practical support to schools and to parents/carers when making decisions on schools and the school journey. It provides a single source of travel information, with contact details for more specialised support, which you can access from either the County Council or school website.