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School Travel

Welcome to the Wokingham School Travel page.

How Pupils Travel to Wokingham Schools

Wokingham Borough School Travel Data - Latest School Census Data (January 2012)

 

Walk

Cycle

Car

Car Share

Dedicated School Bus

Public Bus

Train

Taxi

Other

2010

46.53%

6.31%

31.89%

4.19%

5.36%

1.82%

1.19%

0.70%

0.47%

2011

48.24%

5.87%

30.83%

4.42%

5.14%

1.68%

1.17%

0.75%

0.22%

2012

49.50%

5.50%

30.00%

4.40%

5.27%

1.72%

1.15%

0.64%

0.12%

 

Key points:

  • Walking has increased by nearly 3% since 2010, or around 47,000 walking trips per year, since 2010.
  • Travel by car has seen almost a 2% reduction, or around 134000 car trips per year, since 2010.
  • Wokingham’s Local Transport Plan 3 aims to achieve 60% of all pupils travelling to school by walking and cycling by 2026.

 

Walk to School Week

Coming next in May 2013.  A week long scheme run by Living Streets to promote walking to school.  Includes classroom wall charts and stickers.  An order form will be provided to all primary, junior and infant schools in the Borough ahead of the event to allow you to order the resources you would like.  These are provided free by WBC.

Free Your Feet

Run by Living Streets and aimed at secondary school pupils.  Schools can choose a week to run the scheme and participating pupils can win a great prize.  Packs cost £170 per school and are available from Living Streets.  Please see the Living Streets website for more information.

Active First

A sustainable school travel scheme aimed at primary school pupils.  Children collect cards based on a theme and there are prizes available for children who collect all the cards.

School Travel Assemblies

The Council’s school travel adviser can deliver an assembly – approximately 15 minutes – on the benefits of walking and cycling to school.  The aim of the assembly is to get children to think about how they travel, why and how they can walk or cycle more.  This is aimed at primary school children, although a version could also be provided for secondary schools.

If you would like the school travel adviser to present one of these assemblies to your pupils, please contact heather.eley@wokingham.gov.uk

Walk Once a Week (WoW)

Why not encourage your pupils to walk to school one day a week?  You could also encourage your pupils to take part in WoW by rewarding them with stickers or other treats.

School Travel Maps

WBC can produce maps of the area surrounding your school showing important features such as cycle routes, pedestrian crossings, bus stops etc.  You can then display this on your website or forward it to parents.  If you would like to develop a school travel map, please contact the Council’s school travel adviser.

Walking Buses

A walking bus is a fun, safe and healthy way for children to travel to school.  Children meet at a designated point a short walk from school and then walk the rest of the way supervised by adult volunteers.  It is also a great way to get parents involved in the school community.

If your school has a walking bus, you can promote it to parents via newsletters.

If you would like to set up a walking bus, please contact the Council school travel adviser on heather.eley@wokingham.gov.uk

Please also see below our guide on setting up a walking bus.

Setting up a Walking Bus

 

Action

Actioned by

1

School to gauge interest in Walking Bus
a) How many children would be interested?
b) How many parents would be willing to volunteer?
c) Ask both groups to provide postcodesk

School

2

Ensure that there are enough volunteers to satisfy the adult/child ratio

School

3

Draw up a postcode plot to identify where most pupils/volunteers would be coming from

School/WBC*

4

Devise a route

School/WBC

5

Risk assessment of proposed route

WBC

6

Organise a meeting for the volunteers
a) Explain the walking Bus
b) Assign roles eg walking bus co-ordinator
c) Identify what days volunteers are able to walk
d) Volunteers to provide contact details

School, with attendance from WBC if required

7

Volunteers CRB checks

School

8

Walk the route with the volunteers
a) Discuss the results of the risk assessment
b) Advise volunteers of best practice

WBC/School

9

Identify a timetable for the bus

School

10

Agree a start date

School

11

Draw up a rota for the volunteers and distribute to volunteers.

School

12

Publicise the walking bus and its start date to parents, including the route, the risk assessment and any other relevant information

School

13

Get parents to sign their children up
a) What days they will walk with the bus
b) Where they will join the bus (which pick up point)
c) Emergency contact details

School

14

Start the bus
WBC walking bus co-ordinator to walk with the bus on the first day.

School/WBC

* NB. Be aware that the school may not have access to mapping software.  A postcode plot can be drawn up using Mapinfo at Wokingham Borough Council.

Park and Stride

A park and stride scheme allows parents to park a short walk away from the school and walk with their children the rest of the way.  It helps to reduce congestion and parking issues around the school gates and is healthy for children.

Park and Stride locations could involve organisations within the local community.  Some schools have arrangements with local pubs to allow parents to park, while others have links with the British Legion or their local parish council.

You could also designate a walking zone around the school.  Parents could be encouraged to park outside this zone and then walk the rest of the way.  This is great for reducing congestion and improving safety around the school.

Car Sharing

If parents have to drive to school, a good way that they can reduce traffic and save on carbon emissions is by taking part in a car share scheme.

To set up a car share scheme is easy.  A coffee morning for parents interested in car sharing can help them find others to car share with.  Or a notice board could be set up to allow interested parents to post details.  Some schools have even set up dedicated websites for parents to find car shares.

School Travel Plans

School travel plans are documents that provide a strategy for encouraging sustainable travel to schools and for reducing reliance on cars for the school run.  They are also useful tools when seeking planning permission.

Wokingham Borough Council has developed guidance for writing and monitoring travel plans.  A copy of the guidance can be found on our website here:

http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/schools/transport/library/

The Council’s school travel adviser is also available to discuss your travel plan with you and to assist with implementing it.

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