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Schools urged to create travel plans

Welsh Government is calling on schools across Wales to produce their own school travel plan to promote travelling actively.

All schools in Wales will be able to address known issues outside the school gates, identifying ways they can improve safety and make the streets outside schools healthier, happier places for everyone.

Welsh Government has partnered with Sustrans Cymru, who are providing a comprehensive toolkit to support schools in creating an active travel school plan.

An active travel school plan is a brief document outlining a school's actions to promote walking, wheeling, cycling or scooting as the means of getting to school, encouraging active travel by students, parents and school staff.

Schools can also receive specialist guidance from active travel school planning officers in writing their plans and linking up with their local authority to improve safety on nearby streets.

For more information, please visit the Active Travel School Planning website.

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, said: "This is a great opportunity for schools who want to create happier, healthier places for their school community.

"Any school that gets involved will gain access to a wide range of resources, from workshops and activities to surveys and much more, helping them build a positive case for change in their school community."

Why should schools get involved?

  1. Enhance safety: Address road safety concerns during drop-off and pick-up.

  2. Healthy, confident individuals: Promote physical activity, independence and well-being, while combating child obesity in Wales.

  3. Improve classroom focus: Enhance student attention and engagement via the recommended 60-minute daily exercise routine.

  4. Access funding: Welsh Government funding for improvements to the infrastructure outside schools can be accessed through the Safe Routes in Communities Grant and the Active Travel Fund. Starting 2024/2025, local authorities can only apply for schemes where schools have or commit to prepare active travel school plans.

  5. Access other active travel support: Take part in activities, workshops and sessions built around active travel, delivered in your school through Sustrans active travel officers or other organisations, such as Living Streets.

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