Denbigh Primary School recognises the many positive benefits for pupils cycling to and from school. We therefore look to encourage this form of travel behaviour, in as many ways as possible.
At Denbigh Primary School we encourage pupils and parents to travel to school by cycling, scooting and walking (active travel) wherever possible.
If you have any ideas to improve things at or around school for pedestrians and cyclists, or questions about travelling to school, please get in touch with the school office.
Some of the benefits of active travel are:
· improving both mental and physical health through physical activity
· establishing positive active travel behaviour
· promoting independence and improving safety awareness
· reducing congestion, noise and pollution in the community
· reducing the environmental impact of the journey to school.
To encourage pupils to cycle or scoot to school frequently the school will:
· actively promote cycling and scooting as a positive way of travelling
· celebrate the achievements of those who cycle and scoot to school
· provide cycle and scooter storage on the school site
· provide high quality cycle training to all pupils who wish to participate.
To make cycling and scooting to and from school a positive experience for everybody concerned, we expect our pupils to:
· ride sensibly and safely and to follow the Highway Code
· check that their bicycle or scooter is roadworthy and regularly maintained
· behave in a manner which shows them and the school in the best possible light and to consider the needs of others when cycling or scooting
· consider wearing a cycle helmet
· ensure they can be seen by other road users, by using lights and wearing high-visibility clothing, as appropriate.
For the wellbeing of our pupils, we expect parents and carers to:
· encourage their child to walk, cycle or scoot to school whenever possible
· encourage their child to take up opportunities to develop their competence and confidence in cycling or scooting
· consider cycling or scooting with their child on the school run, possibly joining with other families as a ‘cycle train’
· provide their child with equipment such as high-visibility clothing, lights, a lock and cycle helmet as appropriate
· ensure that the bicycles and scooters ridden to school are roadworthy and regularly maintained.
Active travel: myth and reality
There are many misconceptions about active travel. Here are three common ones:
1. Myth: Active travel is slow
Reality: In most urban areas with heavy peak-time traffic flow, cycling is typically the quickest way to travel. Similarly, walking for shorter journeys will typically take similar or less time than using public transport.
2. Myth: Cycling is dangerous
Reality: While it’s true to say that cycling on the road increases exposure to other traffic, cycling remains a relatively safe activity. There are many examples of sporting activities which are associated which statistically higher risk of injury than cycling. Horse riding and trampolining are two such activities which are statistically more dangerous than cycling but which most parents tend to be less nervous about allowing their children to participate in.
3. Myth: Walking or cycling in traffic increases exposure to traffic fumes
Reality: Air quality is a serious public health issue in many urban areas. Traffic remains the primary source of air pollution and exposure to the fumes associated with traffic congestion can cause serious damage to health. Many people wrongly assume exposure to damaging fumes to be greater for pedestrians and cyclists. The opposite is true in fact: car passenger typically experience much higher exposure to air pollution.