A school travel plan (STP) is a document outlining a package of measures to encourage healthy, safe, active and sustainable travel. Developed and maintained by the school community, a STP is developed with local partners and looks at aspects of road safety, environmental and healthy lifestyles issues.
Once complete, a STP should also be regarded as a useful communication tool with Slough Borough Council. Through consultation with your school community, it is possible to highlight the issues which prevent greater take up of sustainable travel options and where the school requires support in improving travel to and from the school site.
A school travel plan sets out ways to:
A school travel plan aims to raise awareness of:
A school travel plan should:
Schools in Slough can access free support and advice from a dedicated sustainable travel team. The Better by team can help schools develop and maintain a travel plan, and provide support with campaigns and initiatives to reduce car use, improve road safety and tackle issues such as inconsiderate parking. This could offer the following benefits to your school.
We can work with schools to tackle congestion on the school run. Developing a school travel plan will help identify the issues that prevent the take up of sustainable modes (cycling and walking).
By reducing congestion around the school site the safety of pupils and staff will be improved. Pupils will learn how to travel safely to school by sustainable modes. We can also support schools to introduce measures where parents that need to drive are encouraged to park away from the school site.
Increasing active travel such as cycling and walking for the school journey has proven benefits on the health of pupils.
Schools can improve their green credentials by signing up to a School Travel Plan. Schools can become part of the solution that will make a local and global difference.
Developing a travel plan states your school’s commitment to positively reduce your school’s carbon footprint - this will enhance your school’s reputation with staff, pupils, key stakeholders and your local community.
Not only are we able to offer incentives to change travel behaviour, we can also provide rewards for those already walking or cycling.
If you would like to develop a school travel plan, Slough Borough Council’s Better by team can help with all the information, resources and support you need.
Contact our Better by Sustainable Transport Officer – Ramandeep.Gogna@slough.gov.uk