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Major Updates

Benefits

Active travel to school wakes up the mind and body. It also helps
to reduce congestion and pollution and improve safety around the
school gates!

  • Active travel can increase the concentration of children by up to four hours
  • There is a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance
  • Physical activity encourages healthy growth and development and helps to maintain a healthy weight, improving muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
  • Actively traveling builds exercise into the daily routine. It is recommended that 5 –

18 year olds get 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise every day

  • 15 minutes exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood
  • Exercise can help to reduce anxiety and stress

For more information see – The Benefits on Active Travel for Young People

www.sustrans.org.uk/our-services/who-we-work/teachers/information-sheets

Facts and Figures

Children who walk, cycle or scoot to school from an early age have more road sense and an improved ability to travel independently and safely

  • 1 in 5 cars on the road during peak morning times are involved in the school run
  • Short car journeys, like travelling to school, create the most pollution
  • Most children live 1.5 miles or less from their primary school
  • In slow moving traffic the pollution levels inside a car are 2-3 times more than outside.
  • On average every time a child is driven to primary school and back their car releases 84 balloons worth of CO2 into the atmosphere
  • 90% of children own a bike. 48% of children want to cycle to school. Only 2% of children actually do.
  • A 10 minute walk will take 3 minutes by bike.
  • A 30 minute quick walk uses about 150 calories – the same as 3 apples, a slice of pizza or a cream egg.

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