Safer Routes to School
We are encouraging safe and sustainable travel to and from school through the introduction of the Safer Routes to School Initiative in our local schools.
Safer Routes to School projects are aimed at encouraging pupils, parents and teachers to adopt the healthier option for getting to and from school. Walking and cycling become real choices when the routes to school are made safer and more accessible. Safer Routes is as much about changing the way we think and behave, as the way we travel.
What are the main aims ?
- For more children to walk or cycle to school.
- To reduce the number of school journeys made by car.
- To make journeys to school safer.
- To make journeys to school healthier.
So, what are the benefits of walking or cycling to school?
- Physical Activity
The walk to school raises activity levels, increasing fitness in the short term and lessoning the chances of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and related problems in the future. Active children are also more likely to become active adults.
- Less Congestion and pollution
At 8.30am 20% of cars on the roads of Britain are known to be ‘doing the school run’. If those who could, walked, we would have less congestion, fewer accidents and less pollution at the front of our schools.
- Social & Mental Development
Children and young people who walk to school gain from being more alert in morning classes and they have a chance to talk and play with friends on the way to school.
- Greater Independence
The walk to school gives children and young people the chance to develop vital road and personal safety skills. Many parents, when asked why they drive their children to school, believe the journey to be too hazardous because of traffic or stranger danger. In reality the journey to school is one of the safest a child can make. Allowing a child to walk or cycle to school on their own or with friends or family increases confidence and awareness.
More Information for Parents and Pupils
Railway Crossings Operational
Be aware that level crossings along the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine rail link are now being used. Vehicles and pedestrians must obey any stop signals displayed.
To view or download copies of the Safety Guides for Footpath Crossings and Manually Controlled Barrier Crossings, you can visit the Transport Scotland website.