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ISLE OF WIGHT YOUNGSTERS MAKE ACTIVE TRAVEL WEEK A SUCCESS

St Mary’s Primary's Year 6 class doing a playground Bikeability session

Members of Gurnard Primary School Year 1

Isle of Wight school pupils put their best foot forward when they took to the streets recently for Active Travel Week.

A total of 34 schools took part and clocked up a combined total of 13,264 sustainable journeys to school over the challenge – a staggering total of 69% of all journeys logged during the week.

The event was aimed at encouraging students to walk, scoot or cycle to school on as many days as they could over that week, using either a record sheet interactive ‘Shift It’ free travel app, to record how they travelled.

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Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for infrastructure and transport, has said:

“What a brilliant achievement by those taking part in this year’s Active Travel Week. Once again, schools, pupils and parents rose to the challenge of increasing sustainable travel and the health and social benefits it brings”.

The Active Travel Week was organised by Wight Cycle, in partnership with the council, which is delivering the ‘Shift It’ project as part of the Access Fund for Sustainable Travel – a £1.3 million, 3- year sustainable transport programme which was secured competitively from the Department for Transport (DfT), now in its final year.

Ross Edmunds, manager of the ‘Shift It’ project, said:

“We have had a brilliant response from Island schools for the first Active Travel Week and this momentum is something we want to continue. The benefits of active travel – walking, cycling and scooting – are many, not least increased attention at school. Well done and thanks to all who took part.”

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Wootton Primary School headteacher, Jane Wilford, said:

“Wootton Primary children were so excited to be involved with the Active Travel week and were creative in their means of alternative transport coming to school. Teachers also noticed a difference in children’s engagement first thing in the morning. We hope to continue to encourage the children to come to school every day in these ways.”

Schools that took part have been entered in to a draw to win of prizes, including scooters, bikes, helmets and other cycling safety equipment.

If you are a school interested in using the free interactive app to record sustainable travel to school, contact [email protected]. For further information on this and other sustainable transport projects underway, visit https://www.iwight.com/SustainableTravel.

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