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Our school has been chosen to be part of the Sustrans Active School Travel Programme.As a school, we see many positive benefits of increasing the number of children cycling, walking and scooting to and from school. Active school travel improves health through physical activity, promotes independence, improves safety awareness, and is good for the environment. As more children walk or cycle to school there will also be fewer cars around the school gates, making our school a safer place for everyone. 

 

So, we are teaming up with Sustrans, the country’s leading sustainable transport charity, to encourage more journeys to school by foot or wheels! The Active School Travel Programme is funded by the Department for Regional Development and the Public Health Agency and works with schools all across Northern Ireland. Our school will be involved in the programme for the next two years. This year we will work closely with Emma Keenan, our Sustrans Active Travel Officer, who will help us organise a programme of activities and events to promote active school travel.

Safety is very important to our school, and we have developed an Active Travel Policy to help encourage safe travel to school. The decision as to whether a child is competent to cycle, scoot or walk to and from school safely rests with the parents/carers. We would like to encourage parents/carers to accompany their children to and from school and to ensure children are wearing helmets and bright clothes to help them be seen by other road users.

 

We look forward to seeing more children and parents/carers cycling, walking and scooting to school this year!

 

Many thanks,

 

M. O’Neill - School Travel Champion - St John’s Primary School

Emma Keenan - Sustrans Active Travel Officer         emma.keenan@sustrans.org.uk

 

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