Sustainable travel strategy
Against a backdrop of poor public health, climate change, traffic congestion and car dependency, this strategy, a requirement under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, seeks to reduce car use on the school journey, in Hull. Therefore, for the purposes of this strategy, ‘sustainable modes of travel’ are forms of travel which it is considered may improve either or both of the following -
- the physical well-being of those who use them
- the environmental well-being of the whole or a part of their area
There are four main elements to the duty -
- an assessment of the travel and transport needs of children and young people within an authority’s area
- an audit of the sustainable travel and transport infrastructure within the authority that may be used when travelling to and from, or between schools/institutions
- a strategy to develop the sustainable travel and transport infrastructure within the authority so that the travel and transport needs of children and young people are better catered for
- the promotion of sustainable travel and transport modes on the journey to, from, and between schools and other institutions
Whilst car use on the school journey is low, journeys being travelled by car are taking place over very short distances, with the overwhelming majority being under two miles and a significant proportion under one mile.
Measures currently used to support and increase sustainable school travel include -
- school travel plans
- pedestrian skills and cycling training, in primary schools
- sustainable travel themed, key stage-appropriate curriculum resources
- cycling/walking schemes and initiatives
Audit of sustainable travel and transport infrastructure
The Hull walking and cycling strategies form part of the 3rd Local Transport Plan (LTP3). Both strategies are currently under review.
The safer routes to school scheme addresses highway improvements around schools and details are included.
An action plan forms the basis of the strategy for taking forward plans to facilitate school travel. Some of the actions contained in it are suggestions from children and young people themselves and include updating and re-locating electronic resources, looking at ways to promote bus use, source funding for things such as the provision of secure cycle storage on school sites and encourage participation in campaigns such as Walk to School Weeks, National Bike Week, and Walk once a Week schemes.
Promotion of sustainable travel
This will involve -
- dissemination, to all schools across the city, the parental version of this strategy (‘A healthy school journey for your child’), which highlights sustainable travel options to schools
- alerting the local media to any specific events taking place in schools related to sustainable travel, such as the ‘opening’ of a cycle shelter or ‘park and stride’ site, a cycling day or walk to school week
- highlighting the many options available for the community to access information about bus use and cycling and walking routes
- encouraging schools to have accessible information regarding bus and cycle routes to their site, available in their reception areas
The strategy is available to download below -