Travelling To School

Walking to school is a great way to make sure your child gets fresh air and exercise, and is awake and alert at the start of the school day. It’s the cheapest form of transport, and helps cut congestion at peak times. As you walk with your child, you can ensure they are aware of traffic dangers, and understand the green cross code, which is explained on our pedestrian safety page. This is vital as they get older and are more likely to be walking unaccompanied. Visit our Young Pedestrians page for more advice. Traffic collisions are the biggest factor in child fatalities, so it’s vital to teach your children road safety basics. Model good behaviour yourself: use pedestrian crossings, don’t use your mobile on the road, and always follow the green cross code.

If your child cycles to school, our Teaching The Basics and Safer Cycling pages will help you help them learn to ride safely, while our Selecting A Bike and ABC checks pages will support you in keeping their bike in a roadworthy condition. Once they are in year 5 or 6, they may be able to take part in a Bikeability course. Ask your school if they can book our trainers, or find out if your local sports centre runs one of our courses in the school holidays.

You can also download our scooter leaflet, packed with tips and advice to help your child scoot safely to school.

If you drive your child to school, why not park a bit further away and walk the last stretch. It will reduce traffic volume around the school, making it safer for everyone. It will also give you them the chance to practice their pedestrian skills and stretch their legs before class. 

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