Edinburgh's kids, parents and teachers encouraged to ride

Scottish capital aiming to reduce school-run traffic

Teachers, parents and school representatives from across Scotland's capital will come together at the Edinburgh Conference and Training Centre a bid to help boost healthy school travel across the city.

Organised by sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, the School Travel Plan Action Day is a free training event to be held on Wednesday October 10. It is one of a series taking place across Scotland to help promote environmentally-friendly travel to and from school.

The training, supported by the Scottish Government, is designed to help schools proactively tackle the school run, promote walking and cycling as a healthy and fun way to get to classes, and find out more about creating and implementing a School Travel Plan.

Lynn Marshall, Sustrans' School Travel Project Officer for Scotland, said: "Sustrans has been working with schools throughout Scotland for over 10 years so we have lots of experience in helping make school travel more healthy and environmentally-friendly. It's vital that we tackle the increasingly car-dependent school run in Scotland and encourage parents, teachers and children to take to two wheels, two feet or use public transport to travel to and from classes. These free training days will give representatives the knowledge and skills they need to champion green and healthy travel in their schools."

Sustrans ran a series of successful School Travel Plan Action Days in 2006 with sessions in Aberdeen, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and East and West Fife. Comments from the day included: "So many good ideas! The training has really focused attention on where we need to go from here."

Anyone interested in attending the training day should contact Lynn Marshall on 0131 539 8128 or email lynn.marshall@sustrans.org.uk.

 

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