Advice for Parents and Pupils

Now more than ever, it’s important for the way we travel to be safe for ourselves and the people around us. If children walk, scoot or cycle to school then it reduces the burden on public transport, and creates a safer, less congested environment around the school gates.

Many families have been enjoying walking, running, scooting and cycling as part of their daily exercise. Now that schools have returned, it’s a great opportunity to keep this going, and to help control the spread of COVID-19 while you’re at it. Even a “park and stride” system where children are dropped off 5 or 10 minutes away from school can help keep the school gates less congested.

For many children, walking or cycling is simply more fun and more sociable than going to school by car or bus. They love the feeling of freedom it gives them, and they arrive at school fresh and ready to learn. It’s also good for their health and the air quality of the neighbourhood. By allowing children to make their own way to school you can help them to become more confident and independent, which is especially important in the transition from primary to secondary school.

• To find the best walk/cycle route to take to all Stockton secondary schools and colleges, we’ve put together these school travel maps.

• For a bespoke map showing your ideal route, request a personalised route map.

• For help on how to safety check a bike, view Sustrans’ “M-check” guidance.

• For a free hands-on safety check, find out more about the Hub’s Bike MOTs.

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