Schools and the Grande Depart
What with the Grande Depart being a focus for the region this year, did you know that every school is eligible for grants to put towards cycle shelters and the like to encourage more children to cycle to school?
In order to qualify, the school must produce a school travel plan, outlining a series of practical steps and identifying sustainable transport options for pupils, parents and the wider community.
The travel plan requires information about your school including:
- Your school location / size / type of school
- Travel problems your school currently faces
- Results of any surveys you have carried out at your school
- Proposed measures
- Timetable for implementation
Your Local Authority has a number of school travel plan advisers who are there to assist you throughout this process. York Council also has some great hints and tips on their website: http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200185/roads_highways_and_pavements/393/road_safety_-_cycling_and_walking_to_school/2
There are also some great resources for schools available on the Sustrans website that works within the curriculum to promote cycling and provides lesson plans for 11 subjects. More information available here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-services/who-we-work/teachers/tour-de-france-curriculum-resources