Posted on 2nd April 2015
Safer Neighbourhood officers across Derbyshire are helping to support a national award scheme to encourage safer, more active and environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.
The Modeshift Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools (STARS) aims to tackle the problems caused by parents driving children to school, including parking congestion and the fear of road traffic accidents.
To try and help alleviate these problems SNT officers are joining Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart initiative to promote alternative ways of getting to school, such as walking, cycling, scooting, car sharing, using public transport and parking away from school and walking the last distance.
Teams across the county have been involved in the scheme, including: PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley from Kilburn; Sandiacre’s PC Louise Hopwell and PSCO Laura Buchanan; PCSO Emily Stanesby and PCSO Jenny Lorimer from the Langley Mill beat; Belper Town’s PC Richard Martin, PC Andrea Smith and PCSO John Hardy; PC Anna Welberry, PC Sarah Allcock, PCSO Emma Fisher and PCSO Courtney Chetwyn from the Heanor and Loscoe team and Borrowash’s PC Colin Howitt.
Officers have worked with the sustainable travel team at the County Council to promote a number of local and national events including:
- Supporting Scooter Smart training – encouraging children to scoot safely and responsibly on the journey to school;
- Taking part in the Big Pedal – a national event by the charity Sustrans to inspire children to cycle or scoot to school;
- Security marking bikes and scooters to help deter thefts and make recovered items easier to return to the rightful owner;
- Designing posters to promote responsible parking;
- Being on patrol at school drop off times to talk to parents and advise them about parking around school;
- Helping to lead whole school participative walking and cycling journeys;
- Using Twitter message to encourage the school community to Travel Smart.
Senior Transport Officer at Derbyshire County Council, Rob Bounds said: “Working in partnership with local Safer Neighbourhood teams has proved to be a really successful way of encouraging children and parents to Travel Smart to school.
“By actively participating in different local and national campaigns the officers have helped to inspire children to do the same, as well as contributing to the promotion of active lifestyles and reducing traffic congestion.”
The partnership work also helps schools achieve their Modeshift STARS award – a national initiative to reward schools for their efforts to promote active and environmentally friendly journeys.
Monday, 18 to Friday, 22 May is Travel Smart Week where Derbyshire school children will be encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot, car share, use public transport or Park & Stride to school.
To get involved and find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org