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New Government proposals targets to increase the level of cycling, walking and bus use on the journey to school and the stricter enforcement of speed and traffic regulations around schools were welcomed today by Sustrans.

Safe Routes to School gets further backing from Government

The recommendations form part of a report from the DETR1s School Transport Advisory Group (STAG), of which Sustrans is a member, which examines how the child’s journey to school can be made safer.

The report states: "Our aim should be to return by 2010 to the level of walking, cycling and bus use in the mid 1980s."

Paul Osborne, Sustrans Safe Routes to Schools Manager, said: "The STAG report is an important step towards achieving a safer environment for children. The report shows that there is a commitment in Government to changing the way children get to school and improving their fitness as

well as their safety."

"This report is currently the best example of co-operation between three government departments (DfEE, DoH and DETR) and voluntary bodies."

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