Active travel - walking

Active Travel promotes walking to and from school and runs schemes and events to support this.

7,000 Cumbrian children are taking part in the council's 'Feet First' initiative

Cumbria County Council's Active Travel team launched the exciting 'Feet First' initiative in November 2016 with the aim of encouraging children, parents and staff to walk, cycle or scoot to school. Children taking part are given a puzzle book which contains lots of puzzles and interesting facts and are rewarded with a badge at the end of each term if they walk, cycle or scoot to (or from) school at least one day a week

Since then, 50 primary schools across Cumbria have signed up to the scheme, with over 7,000 children taking part. As a result of travelling more actively to school, children (as well as their parents and staff taking part) are more alert when they arrive and they're fitter and healthier too.. 

Feet First 2018-19

This year the theme is "The Sea". The factual information in the puzzle books will also feature pollution of the sea which is very topical. Schools wanting to take part in "Feet First 2018-19" need to complete and return the following documents to nancy.sloan@cumbria.gov.uk

- Commitment Form

- School to Parent Letter

- Draft Resources Order Form

- One Day Mode of Travel Survey

- Step by Step Guide to Feet First


Feet First Get Active Days

To make Feet First fun each year Active Travel runs 'Get Active' Days - 1 each term.  These days are optional for Schools who have joined Feet First.  Schools are supplied with a fact sheet, puzzles to do with the event and small goodies to hand out to pupils who take part.


Get Active Day 2 : WELLY WALKING WEDNESDAY 30th January 2019

Please click on the link below to access all the information you need to know about Welly Walking Wednesday.  

Some interesting facts about Wellington Boots

Design Welly Template

Welly Walking Parents Info

Welly Walking Poster

Welly Walking Teachers Info

Welly Walking Trivia

If you decide to take part please can you let Nancy Sloan nancy.sloan@cumbria.gov.uk know as soon as possible so that you receive your goodies in time for the 30th January.


Get Active Day 1 Beep Beep Day, Road Safety Week 19 - 25 November 2018

ROAD SAFETY WEEK 19 TO 25 NOVEMBER 2018

Brake are promoting BEEP BEEP DAY which takes part on Wednesday 21 November 2018.  This is aimed at 2 - 7 year olds. 

Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part in Beep Beep Day which is organised by their school, nursery, playgroup or childminder.  It's a great way to engage children with the road safety basics through fun activities, while raising awareness among parents and the wider community about protecting children.

If you would like brand new free and low-cost resources please visit their website, www.brake.org.uk, and register. 

You can buy a bumper pack for just £ 12.60 (per 50 children, including VAT).  Each pack contains stickers and certificates for all children taking part, posters to promote your event to parents, a hand print poster for children to learn about holding hands, laminated activity and song cards, a large road map, activity poster with cut-out shapes and even balloons.  Order your pack on Brake's website or email beepbeep@brake.org.uk.

Bumper pack - only £ 12.60

If you do take part in BEEP BEEP DAY Active Travel would love to share your stories and photographs in the next Newsletter.  Please send them in to nancy.sloan@cumbria.gov.uk.

More information and resources are available for older pupils from Brake.  If you are interested in promoting road safety please visit their website www.brake.org.uk


The theme for the puzzle books 2017-18 was Dinosaurs

 As part of the Feet First campaign, children from all of the participating schools were invited to enter a competition to design a banner or roadside sign for the scheme.  The competition was judged separately for infant and junior schools, with a winner for both.  The entries were judged by Geoff Hill, Transport Programmes Manager, Judith Aris and Nancy Sloan, School Travel Officers at Cumbria County Council.  They were impressed with the imagination, creativity and originality of the designs. 

 The Junior School winner was Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal.  Their prize was a visit from Histrionics Theatre Group who did an inter-active performance to the whole school on 21st May 2018.

 The Infant School winner was Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School in Carlisle. Their prize was a visit from Histrionics Theatre Group who did an inter-active performance to the whole school on 21st May 2018.

Pupils from Hayton C of E Primary School, near Brampton, were the pick of the bunch when it came to designing the pavement signs.  Four of their posters have been developed into pavement signs and these will be placed at schools across the county that have experienced parking issues.

 Feet First Get Active Days

To make Feet First fun each year Active Travel runs 'Get Active' Days - 1 each term.  These days are optional for Schools who have joined Feet First.  Schools are supplied with a fact sheet, puzzles to do with the event and small goodies to hand out to pupils who take part.

Get Active Day 2 Make and/or Wear a Funny Hat - February 2018

 Here are some of the comments from schools:-

 We had our active travel day today which was a huge success. We had 77 children out of a possible 88 who took part, with some parents too. Thanks

Ange, Shap CofE Primary

 Parents and pupils took it on-board and we had loads of really creative and quirky hats.  The weather was great today too, so it is to be hoped they all took on the walk/cycle/scoot message too!  This winter has been grim, with lots of very wet mornings.  It is hard to promote the leave the car at home every day message when you are getting soaked every day - although I personally don't let rain stop me cycling.

Alison, Heron Hill CofE Primary

 Grange CE School children had a great time on walk to school day, walking, skipping, scooting in with fabulous and unusual head wear! Anything that gets us all walking to school is great.

Phillipa, Grange

 Nancy Sloan, Active Travel Officer at Cumbria County Council, said:

"Feet First is not only good for the environment, but travelling actively to school results in healthier and fitter children, and we hope they will carry this habit in to their teens and adulthood.  Each child taking part in Feet First is given a fun and educational puzzle book to complete throughout the school year, and if they travel actively to school once or more each week they receive a reward at the end of each term.

 "The competition to design a banner for Feet First has been very well supported and the standard of the entries was amazing!  It was very hard to pick winners - we have some budding artists in Cumbria!  Congratulations to Heron Hill Primary School and Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School and a huge thank you to everyone who took part, we're looking forward to next year's competition already!"

 Cumbria County Council's Active Travel team would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to all of the schools, pupils, parents and staff who have taken part in Feet First and / or entered the competition to design a banner.

 Get Active Day - Walk, Cycle of Scoot with Teddy - May or July 2018

About a dozen schools contacted Nancy Sloan to say they were taking part in this event. Some schools ran the day in May and others in July.

Active Travel gave each school a PE bag containing a teddy bear, pencil case, pencils, rubbers, snap bands etc to hand out to children on the day.

If, you school decides to hold a "Take Teddy to School Day", please click on the link below for resources - Bear Facts, infant and junior puzzle and answer sheets. 

Sorry but there are no goody bags available this time.

Infants 

Bear Facts

Puzzle Sheet (contact us for answer sheet)

Juniors

Bear Facts

Puzzle Sheet (contact us for answer sheet)

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK 2018

Walk to School Week 2018 takes place between 21 and 25 May.  All infant, primary and junior schools across Cumbria are invited to apply for classroom resource packs from Cumbria County Council to help promote the event.  42 schools in Cumbria have already registered with the county council's Active Travel team and the deadline for applications is Friday 16 February.

 

During the 2017 Walk to School Week, over 400,000 children took part across the UK, with more than 12,000 car journeys saved in Cumbria alone.

 

Judith Aris, Active Travel Officer at Cumbria County Council, said: "The Big Pedal and Walk to School Week events are not only good for the environment, but travelling actively to school results in healthier and fitter children, and we hope they will carry this habit in to their teens and adulthood.

 

"This is a fantastic way to get children thinking about their physical health and wellbeing, and walking or cycling to school is a brilliant way to start!"

 

Infant and Junior schools wishing to apply before the deadline can contact judith.aris@cumbria.gov.uk

Walking Buses - Primary Schools

Walking bus is a term used to describe a scheme where children are walked to school in an organised group, led by volunteers.  The children usually walk in pairs along a set route with a 'driver' at the front and a 'conductor' at the back.  Everyone wears a hi-visibility tabard so that the walking bus can be easily identified by drivers.  The 'bus' may begin from one point or at scheduled 'bus stops' along the route where children are collected at agreed times.

 The Active Travel team will provide assistance, 2 adult hi-visibility jackets, 10-12 hi-visibility child tabards and two adult umbrellas for each walking bus that is set up.

 Most walking buses in Cumbria have originally been set up to accommodate extra children walking on the Feet First and Park and Stride schemes.

 For information please contact Nancy Sloan

Email: nancy.sloan@cumbria.gov.uk

Tel: (Mobile) 07971 446231

 Walking Bus Guide (2017)

 Walking Bus Parental Forms

Park and Stride

Lanercost School
Lanercost School

Park and Stride is an effective way to reduce congestion at the school gate.  It enables children who have to travel by car to be able to walk part of the way to school and take part in Active Travel events.

 

Parents are encouraged to park away from the school gate (usually in a designated area, eg pub car park, village hall, shop) and walk with or allow their children to walk the last part of their journey to school.  Often schools set up a walking bus to accommodate these children.

 

For information please contact Nancy Sloan

Email: nancy.sloan@cumbria.gov.uk

 

Tel: (Mobile) 07971 446231

1.4 Park and Stride Information Leaflet - Adobe Acrobat pdf 578kb

1.4 Landowner Template Letter - Office word 97-2003 22.5kb

1.4 Park and Stride Certificate