The new safe routes website has practical information on how to encourage both walking and cycling to school. There’s information on the traffic and safety problems associated with the school-run, and the heath implications of increasing child obesity due to sedentary lifestyles.
The revamped site has been welcomed by teachers, school children and local authorities involved in the scheme.
Mark Korczak, school travel plans officer for Leicester City Council, said: "The Safe Routes to Schools website is a great resource for transport practitioners. The Routes 2 Action zone is a great resource for schools, especially the toolbox. It shows a major concern for the future transport needs of the nation."
Jake and Camilla, pupils at Hady Primary School Council in Derbyshire, said:
"We think it is a good website, the subtitles stand out very well and the information is very clear and detailed. We also like the way it is spread out across the page so it’s easy to read."
Gina Southey, a teacher at Norton Primary School, said:
"I like the way that there are separate sections for people with different roles, pupil, teacher, governors and so on. Our school will definitely use the site to refer to for ideas about sustainable transport, such as linking into cycling information for the children in Year 6 taking part in cycling awareness training."
The site offers the opportunity for registered users to share their knowledge and expertise in the ‘Routes Community’ via message boards. There are also features that enable users to find out what’s going on with other projects around the UK, view case studies, speeches, and download factsheets.
Safe Routes to Schools supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the new ‘schools and skills’ pilot projects around the UK is funded by Bike Hub, an industry levy scheme.