York schools regularly take part in events and challenges to encourage the use of sustainable and active travel modes to school. Whilst not exclusive, the events below are the main ones York schools are invited to take part in
As always the October walk to school week is very popular with the Jack Archer Award hotly contested. The school that has the most children walking, cycling and scooting to school (and leaving the car at home) during that week will win the coveted Jack Archer Award trophy and a cash prize kindly donated by Age UK. Jack Archer was the Lord Mayor of York and a huge supporter of the work by Age UK. He never owned a car, preferring to walk everywhere or take public transport, living to the age of 92.
All schools are invited to take part in Sustrans’ Big Pedal, which takes place in early Spring. This national schools competition sees schools having the opportunity to win a number of exciting prizes. Schools do not need to be taking part in a Sustrans led project to take part.
May’s walk to school week takes place during May’s national walking month. Although this event is not a competition, children are still encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school.
Clean Air Day takes place in late June and is a national event that in York has city wide involvement. This is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleages and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. Each year there is a different message, but the real message is where possible use the car less and find alternative ways to travel if you can to help make the air in York cleaner.
From time to time schools are invited to take part in other events and challenges.