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Choose a cool way to travel back to school

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 choose and choose a greener way to travel.

Walking, cycling or scooting helps children arrive at school feeling happier and healthier and ready for the day of learning ahead. It will also ease congestion from traffic around the busy school gates. 

Last September we launched a sustainable travel toolkit,'Be cool', aimed at primary school children, parents and teachers to promote the health and environmental benefits of leaving the car at home when making the journey to school. It also was in response to 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.

 Find out more about the sustainable travel toolkit

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 emissions which puts pupils' health at risk.

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

"Children up to the age of 18 need at least an hour of physical activity every day to keep them fit and healthy. With home learning and the added time pressure this brings on parents it may have been difficult for families to fit this in during lockdown. Doing a little bit of exercise at the start and end of the day is a great way for children, and their parents/carers, to improve their fitness and the warmer, drier weather makes it all the more enjoyable too."

Families are also being asked to keep our School Crossing Patrol staff safe when crossing so they can keep your children safe. Remember to be patient when waiting to cross and to keep a safe social distance of at least two metres from our officers.  Always follow any instructions given by the patrol and never cross where they can't see you. Motorists are also been asked to always stop when they see the sign raised and wait for a patrol to come off the road before moving off in a vehicle. 

Bus services for both the public and school children will be running from next week 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. 

 

 

Be cool getting to school
03 March 2021

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

Walking, cycling or scooting helps children arrive at school feeling happier and healthier and ready for the day of learning ahead. It will also ease congestion from traffic around the busy school gates. 

Last September we launched a sustainable travel toolkit,'Be cool', aimed at primary school children, parents and teachers to promote the health and environmental benefits of leaving the car at home when making the journey to school. It also was in response to 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.

 Find out more about the sustainable travel toolkit

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 emissions which puts pupils' health at risk.

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

"Children up to the age of 18 need at least an hour of physical activity every day to keep them fit and healthy. With home learning and the added time pressure this brings on parents it may have been difficult for families to fit this in during lockdown. Doing a little bit of exercise at the start and end of the day is a great way for children, and their parents/carers, to improve their fitness and the warmer, drier weather makes it all the more enjoyable too."

Families are also being asked to keep our School Crossing Patrol staff safe when crossing so they can keep your children safe. Remember to be patient when waiting to cross and to keep a safe social distance of at least two metres from our officers.  Always follow any instructions given by the patrol and never cross where they can't see you. Motorists are also been asked to always stop when they see the sign raised and wait for a patrol to come off the road before moving off in a vehicle. 

Bus services for both the public and school children will be running from next week 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. 

 

 

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