Schools earn their travel honours

  |  Published: Nov 16th 2015
School representatives with their awards. With them are Paul Irwin and Nicky Batkin (back row)
School representatives with their awards. With them are Paul Irwin and Nicky Batkin (back row)

Fourteen schools in Buckinghamshire were recognised today (Monday 16 November) for their work promoting walking and cycling to school.


The national Modeshift STAR entry-level bronze awards, sponsored by the Department for Transport, were presented at a one-day conference by Paul Irwin, Buckinghamshire County Council's Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport.

This brings to 77 the number of schools across the county that have joined the campaign to promote active, safe and sustainable travel by families making the school journey.

Also honoured were three schools promoted from bronze to silver, two silver holders that gained gold, and one - The Downley School - that jumped from bronze to gold in one year.

Nicky Batkin, the County Council's Transport Strategy Officer, said successful schools had shown strong evidence of their commitment to encourage parents and pupils to actively use a safe sustainable way to get to and from school.

'It could be walking, cycling, scooting, car sharing or even parking and walking,' she said.

One school, she said, had even laid on cycle training and maintenance to encourage safe bike use, while another had started a 'Perfect Parking' scheme to get parents and carers to park their cars considerately.

Paul Irwin said: 'These awards really do count for a great deal in helping children to understand the value to the community of walking or cycling to and from school. I'm delighted to have been invited to present them.'
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