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Be cool getting to school

Families in Gateshead are being asked to rethink the school run when they go back to school next week and find a cooler way to travel.

We have launched a new sustainable travel toolkit 'Be Cool' aimed at schools which encourages families to make walking, cycling and scooting their first choice when travelling to school.

The toolkit is aimed at primary school children, parents and teachers and promotes the health and environmental benefits of leaving the car at home when making the journey to school. It also comes on the back of concerns from head teachers that too many cars at the school gates dropping children off makes the school run dangerous for children and their families.

During the morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon omissions which puts pupils' health at risk.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for environment and transport said:

"A generation ago 70% of children walked to school, now it's less than half.  We know not everyone has the option to not use their car for the school run but many parents do have a choice and we're asking them, for even just a day a week, to not automatically jump in the car. 

"Children who do some form of exercise on the way to school, especially a walk, often do better as they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. Walking, cycling and scooting is much more fun for children and the less cars we have on our roads the healthier it will be for all."

"If you do need to drive to school, please park away from the school gates to reduce congestion and free up space for those who need to access the school including those with disabilities. We want the streets around schools to be safe for everyone - remember, don't park on double yellow lines and across the zig zags outside schools which should always be left clear."

Bus services for both the public and school children will be running and will respond to additional demand. Further information on travelling to school by public transport and planning your journey can be found on the Nexus website. Other travellers and commuters are also being asked to try and avoid unnecessary travel between peak school travel times of 8 to 9am and 2.45 to 3.45pm to help reduce congestion at busy times. 

For more information about sustainable ways to travel to schools visit our Be cool page.

Be cool getting to school
01 September 2020

Families in Gateshead are being asked to rethink the school run when they go back to school next week and find a cooler way to travel.

We have launched a new sustainable travel toolkit 'Be Cool' aimed at schools which encourages families to make walking, cycling and scooting their first choice when travelling to school.

The toolkit is aimed at primary school children, parents and teachers and promotes the health and environmental benefits of leaving the car at home when making the journey to school. It also comes on the back of concerns from head teachers that too many cars at the school gates dropping children off makes the school run dangerous for children and their families.

During the morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon omissions which puts pupils' health at risk.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for environment and transport said:

"A generation ago 70% of children walked to school, now it's less than half.  We know not everyone has the option to not use their car for the school run but many parents do have a choice and we're asking them, for even just a day a week, to not automatically jump in the car. 

"Children who do some form of exercise on the way to school, especially a walk, often do better as they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. Walking, cycling and scooting is much more fun for children and the less cars we have on our roads the healthier it will be for all."

"If you do need to drive to school, please park away from the school gates to reduce congestion and free up space for those who need to access the school including those with disabilities. We want the streets around schools to be safe for everyone - remember, don't park on double yellow lines and across the zig zags outside schools which should always be left clear."

Bus services for both the public and school children will be running and will respond to additional demand. Further information on travelling to school by public transport and planning your journey can be found on the Nexus website. Other travellers and commuters are also being asked to try and avoid unnecessary travel between peak school travel times of 8 to 9am and 2.45 to 3.45pm to help reduce congestion at busy times. 

For more information about sustainable ways to travel to schools visit our Be cool page.

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