Do you want to make travelling to and from school more fun this year? As children return to school for the new term, Plymouth City Council wants to talk to local families about how to make the school journey healthier and more fun. The Plymotion scheme offers a range of support and funding to schools, with input from parents and pupils, to improve the commute to and from school.
How do your kids get to school?
Valuable kid-hours and minutes are wasted in cars every week in our city: kids being bored whilst sat in traffic, not getting the valuable exercise they need and not making the most of the natural world between home and school.
How would they like to get to school?
Walking? Taking a detour through a local park or nature reserve? Scooting? Plymouth City Council’s newly appointed School Travel Engagement Officer can make any of these options possible.
Through the Plymotion School Travel Project, schools are able to make an application to receive a match-funded sustainable travel grant funded by the Government. The money your child’s school receives could support designing a new scooter pod, or buy the whole class a set of personalised activity trackers. Alternatively funding could be provided to develop a bank of resources to get your children active, including:
- Waterproof cycling trousers
- a tag-along attachment for a younger sibling to ride along with a parent
- bike trailers
- bike helmets
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of the Council said: “I’m delighted that, through Plymotion, we’re able to offer grant funding to schools within Plymouth. Schools are best placed to tell us what barriers they face to more trips being made on foot, by bike and by bus, and through this funding we can work together to overcome some of the issues the school community are facing.
“If you’re involved with a local school, whether as a member of staff, a parent or pupil, I’d encourage you to get in touch with Plymotion and find out how they can help you.”
Make sure your voice is heard!
Within each school in Plymouth the Plymotion school engagement team hopes to recruit a School Travel Champion. This person will then be encouraged to be as creative as possible about how to meet your school community’s travel needs. This will mean consulting with their pupils as much as possible, asking parents and carers for their views and ideas all in an effort to make this project as much fun as possible, so make sure you look out for news within your school about who your School Travel Champion will be.
To find out more about Plymotion visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymotion