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Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost’s Road Safety Award is an annual award given to primary schools throughout the city that have made a clear commitment to road safety education. Education is the key element in reducing child casualties and every school that support’s this programme will help ensure that every child in Glasgow has the necessary road skills for life.

Last week the Road Safety Awards ceremony took place at the City Chambers and 63 schools were in attendance to receive their awards including several schools in the local area. These included Antonine, Bankhead, Broomhill, Clyde, Corpus Christi, Jordanhill, Langfaulds, St Brendan’s, St Paul’s (Whiteinch) and Thornwood Primary schools. Well done to all the schools!

Each school has undertaken a range of road safety education with support from the Council’s Road Safety Team and others. The school uses a dedicated page on the GoSafeGlasgow.com website where they are able to monitor their progress using traffic light indicators to show their progress for each pupil year group.

For P6 this also includes Bikeability Level 2 on road training and we were delighted to support St Paul’s, Corpus Christi and Bankhead Primaries in their Bikeability programme last year.

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The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.

The 2018 survey will take place from Monday 10 until Friday 14 September with schools selecting one day to carry out the survey.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey in class by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to Sustrans for collation, analysis and reporting.

Over the past few years the number of schools in Glasgow participating in the survey has been decreasing despite more schools across Scotland participating. Similarly the number of pupils being driven to school has been increasing in Glasgow despite low levels of car ownership.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.

For more information about the Hands Up Scotland survey please visit the Sustrans website where you can also download all the information for the 2018 survey. You can see the headline results from 2017 below.

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities

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Walk to School Week is the perfect time to get your children walking and runs from Mon 21 to Fri 25 May is the greatest walk of all.

And with one in four cars on the road at peak times heading to school, Living Streets wants to get as many families walking as possible.

You can take the pledge, and Living Streets will show you how to make the week extra special for your family:

  • Tips and advice in the run up to Walk to School Week
  • Ideas to make the Walk to School fun
  • First look at our new Walk to School handbook for parents and carers
  • Show you how others across the country are getting more children at their schools walking.

The benefits speak for themselves… More info at https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschoolweek

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The report from our School Run Summit, which we held back in November, has now been published.

The half day School Run Summit was for schools and other interested parties from G11/12/13/14/15 postcode areas. The Summit was a great success with a valuable input from all participants, especially the local primary school pupils.

We have now produced a full report, with a series of recommendations and actions, as well as an easy read summary report.

The aim of the summit was to bring together a wide range of organisations to look at how we could work together more effectively to address the school run.

The three overarching outcomes from the summit are to:

  • significantly reduce the number of cars used for the school run
  • help parents and guardians make different choices about the school run
  • provide schools with additional capacity & support from the community

Three simple, low cost and quick actions which we will be taking forward are:

  • #SaferSchoolRun – all partners to use the simple hashtag (#) to share school run related activity and information on Twitter and Facebook
  • #AtLeastOneDayAWeek – encouraging parents/guardians that currently drive to change their habits at least one day a week will result in a 20% change in behaviour
  • Safer School Run Community Pledge – building on the Council’s parking pledge to get the wider community to sign up to a school run pledge

In addition a School Run working group has been set up to oversee the delivery of the recommendations and actions.

You can download the reports here:

If you are interested in getting involved then please get in touch or join in on social media visit our Safer School Run page

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A new website to promote and encourage Smarter Travel in Glasgow has been launched – www.smartertravelgla.co.uk

Smarter Travel is about getting around with the maximum benefit to you and the minimum impact on the planet. It’s about making your journey in a way that benefits your health, your pocket and your state of mind.

Smarter Travel is about being flexible and using the right type (mode) of transport to fit with your plans. So whether you do it one day a week or whether you change your whole lifestyle it all makes a difference.

The website also hosts the recently launched Glasgow and Clyde Cycle Challenge 2018!

You can check out the website for more info!

 

BikeLibrarySource: TES

Glasgow has among the highest levels of child poverty in the UK and is hoping to ensure every child has access to a bike by opening a “bike library” in 70 of its primary schools.

Glasgow City Council is planning to buy 1,400 bikes at a cost of £350,000 in a bid to encourage more children to cycle to school. The council has also set aside another £80,000 to cover the cost of employing two people to maintain and repair the bicycles.

The scheme – which will see each school involved receiving 20 bikes – has been introduced at the suggestion of Green councillors in the city. The schools that will be targeted are those already signed up to cycling proficiency scheme, Bikeability Scotland, with the bikes likely to be loaned out to a child for the entire school year.

Martha Wardrop, the Green councillor for Glasgow’s Hillhead, told Tes Scotland that although cycling to school was on the rise in Glasgow the city’s figures remained lower than Edinburgh’s.

The percentage of students who cycled to school in Glasgow rose from 1.4 per cent in 2008 to 2.8 per cent in 2016, according to the Hands Up Scotland Survey conducted annually by walking and cycling charity, Sustrans Scotland. But the percentage of students who cycled to school in Edinburgh in 2016 was 5.7 per cent, the survey found.

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BigPedalSustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Sustrans Big Pedal will run for 10 days from 23 April to 4 May 2018 and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

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