In all Cities, towns and villages across the UK, traffic is becoming a problem. Roads are getting busier, and very much the domain of the vehicle.
Every morning I walk or scoot my children to school. We are lucky that it’s not far a journey and takes us about 15 minutes to get there. But we do have to cross a couple of big roads on our route. I would love to cycle, but feel the route is just too much for them at the moment. So we scoot – or rather they scoot, I run behind, hot and out of breath!
Sustrans has just launched their #safetoschool campaign and I have been asked to be on their blogger panel (alongside some other fabulous bloggers). Here is a little about the campaign:
The campaign has a vision for every child to be able to make the journey to school by bike, scooter or foot. Our call to action is that every child should have the right to a safe walk, scoot or bike to school.
Even though the average trip to school is only 1.8 miles for primary schools and 3.4 miles for secondary, walking and cycling to school is declining. In 1971, eight out of 10, seven and eight year olds walked or cycled to school on their own, but now 50% of young children are never allowed to cross roads on their own.
The problem is that our streets are not safe enough for children to get to school the way that they should – actively and independently. For more information about the Campaign for Safer Streets have a read here .
Brilliant Sustrans are asking us all to get involved. Next week (9th-13th June) is Bike to School Week 2014, with the aim of encouraging more families to cycle to school. We have taken up Sustrans challenge and Dan, the boys and myself will be cycling or scooting to and from school. They are even giving us head cameras to document some of our journey, let’s hope the boys talk about something other than Ninjago the whole way there!
So will you be taking up the challenge and join us?
You can start by writing to your local MP – an easy form can be filled in via the Sustrans website. And please use the hashtag #safetoschool to tweet your journey, your thoughts and ideas.
Wish us luck!
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.