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Advice and support to help travel to school safely this Spring

With children across York going back to school on Monday, City of York Council is encouraging parents and carers to ensure that their children travel to school safely - with a little help from these council road safety initiatives.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “With spring approaching, even more pupils are starting to walk, cycle and scoot to school again. Whilst this is an excellent way for young people to get their 60 minutes of exercise a day, it’s paramount that they do so in a safe environment. These different activities and classes will help to educate and inform students, parents and carers on how to stay safe on the school run.”

To help pupils, parents and carers learn about road safety the council has got on board with several safety schemes including Modeshift STARS. Archbishop of York Junior School have already attained the highest gold award with three schools aiming to secure the silver award after recently completing the bronze award.  Other schemes include:

Pedestrian Training:
Throughout  2015/16 over 2,500 children in York benefitted from road side, pedestrian training thanks to a partnership between the council and the 95 Alive Partnership. This very important life skill will continue to be delivered across York to Primary Schools.

Cycle Training through schools:
The council offers cycle training to all primary schools in York through the National Standards Bikeability Scheme. The scheme is supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and recognises that this type of training improves children’s road awareness, encourages active travel and improves future road users’ safety. There are currently 3 levels of cycle training delivery to schools in York, with levels 1 & 2 being offered in Primary Schools and Level 3 being offered at Secondary Schools. 
Through 2015/16 over 1400 children across York have benefitted from cycle training on this national scheme.

Cycle training families:
Adult and family bespoke cycle training, tailored to suit individual needs, is available at the subsidised price of £5.00 for a 90 minute session (subsidy comes from Local Sustainable Transport Fund). Individual sessions for up to a family of 4 (max 2 adults with 2 children over the age of 8)
For more information on these sessions and to book please visit: http://www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycle-training/cycle-training-for-adults

HGV road safety:
The council is working in partnership with national haulage company Gist to teach pupils about road safety around HGV’s and other large vehicles. 20 schools in York have already taken part in the class which see’s pupil’s learn about stopping distances and driver blind spots in a classroom and outdoor session.

Parking promise:
Nine schools have signed up to the Parents Parking Promise where schools work together with their children to encourage parents and carers to sign a promise that they will park responsibly near schools.

Bike It training:
Many schools in the city work with the council’s Bike It officer who promotes two wheeled travel to school including cycling and scooting. The Bike It officer helps to encourage more young people to swap four wheels for two and get active on their way to school and reduce the number of cars on the school run.

For more information on travelling in and around York visit www.itravelyork.info