Survey Results 2015

School Travel Plan Survey Results 2015

 A huge thanks you to all who took part in our travel survey. Here is a brief synopsis of what we have found out so far…..

  1. Most of the children arrive at school by car.
  2. A majority of the respondents live less than 1 mile from school.
  3. Most of the parents do not consider the walking route to school to be safe.
  4. Of those who drive to school over 80% would consider car sharing and yet only 6% of parents do.
  5. A quarter of respondents said that they would consider training to be part of a walking Alig8tor/Crocodile scheme at school. That would mean that each parent would only be needed one or 2 mornings a month if we could get a roster in place.

 So what do you consider dangerous about your journey 

  1. No pavements
  2. Narrow roads
  3. Speeding traffic- often parents themselves!
  4. No street lighting
  5. Village parking causing congestion/bottleneck
  6. Lack of parking outside school

 What can we do immediately?

  1. Car share- more people car sharing means less cars travelling to and from school, less congestion and safer routes for people who want to cycle and walk.
  2. If you do car share with a neighbour then it will enable you to leave earlier for work on the days you do not have to do the school drop off, or remain later if not having to do school pick up.
  3. When coming to school consider parking further away from school and walking the last part of your journey.
  4. Please slow down and consider those who are walking or cycling.
  5. If the route down Frieth Hill is congested please consider driving back to Lane End via Innings Road and Spurgrove Lane down to the Prince Albert Pub and then up to the crossroads at the bottom of the village.

 What next?

We will continue to develop and monitor the school travel plan with regular meetings involving the parents, staff and governors. The group will be made up of 1 parent who walks to school, 1 parent who drives to school, 1 parent whose child gets the school bus, a teacher, a teaching assistant and 2 governors. There will be a page on the school website with all of the discussions and proposed solutions to ease congestion and make everyone’s journey as safe as possible.

We will be using the Modeshift STARS programme as a template to drive forward our school travel plan.

 It is a national scheme which rewards schools that encourage children to walk and cycle to school. The Modeshift STARS programme awards schools bronze, silver or gold stars according to how effective they are at persuading pupils to choose greener and healthier ways of getting to and from school.

Around 5,000 schools already follow the scheme and now new Department for Transport funding of nearly £200,000 will allow the remaining 19,000 across the country to sign up for free until March 2016. Schools that win a STARS award could be recognised as regional or national school of the year at the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards.

Baroness Kramer said: We all know that walking or cycling is good for your health and better for the environment than jumping into a car. That is why I am delighted to support this programme, which incentivises youngsters to choose a healthier route to school.

Modeshift will be working with sustainable travel group Living Streets, which will be encouraging schools to look at ways to increase walking. The Bicycle Association is also donating £10,000 towards prizes for schools taking part in the project, which is overseen by Durham County Council. This funding is in addition to £374 million committed by the government to cycling between 2011 and 2015.