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School Travel Plans - case studies
These case studies showing how School Travel Plans can help reduce congestion outside schools and promote ways to encourage sustainable transport:Case study 1 The Community Partnership Approach
Bellfield Infants School in Northfield decided to write a School Travel Plan to reduce congestion outside the school gate and tap into Safe Routes to School funding to improve the physical environment outside their school. The school often found pupils were not walking to school as a result of the busy roads close by and decided to incorporate this need for Safe Routes to School within their travel plan.
After the school underwent a feasibility study, Birmingham City Council informed the school they had been successful in obtaining Safe Routes to School funding and would see physical alterations to the existing road network. These alterations included new school warning signs, new road markings and sections of road outside the school lined with red anti-skid tarmac. New pedestrian crossings and refuges were installed together with guard rails, speed cushions and double yellow lines.
As well as improving the environment for pupils by making it safer to walk and cycle to school, a Park and Stride site was also launched. The School Travel Plan Advisor for the area contacted the local Sainsbury store, which was situated towards the back of the school, requesting the use of their car park for parents who lived to far away from the school to walk their children in each day. The store agreed and a number of parents now park and stride their children to school.
As a result of this community approach more children are now walking to school. This allows them to walk with friends, improve their fitness levels, reduce congestion outside the school gate and increase parent and child interaction.Case study 2 Ways to Promote Cycling to School
Wyndcliffe Primary School in Small Heath wanted to promote cycling amongst pupils as a way to reducing congestion outside the school gate and to improve pupil fitness levels. In order for the school to do this, their government grant of over ,000 for completing a School Travel Plan helped purchase state of the art cycle lockers and shelters for those children wanting to cycle to school. Older children also took part in cycling training provided by Birmingham City Council and local Street Wardens for Small Heath further helped train the children and offered ways to keep their bikes safe and secure.
Wyndcliffe are also aiming to achieve Birmingham Healthy School Standard, which School Travel Plans links into. Cycling is one part of their target which includes reviving a nature area as an outdoor classroom, getting the children to make healthy food choices and improving their fitness levels. Simon Cotter, teacher at Wyndcliffe Primary and responsible for the Travel Plan says t Wyndcliffe the whole school is working together to become healthier. Cycling is an important part of this. It is an excellent form of exercise, makes children aware of road safety issues and is also great fun./p>
Naomi.Coleman@birmingham.gov.uk, (0121) 303 7868North Birmingham
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