The School Travel Challenge is an annual initiative encouraging people to think about how they travel to school and whether they could make their journeys more active.
Each year the School Travel Challenge week is filled with fun activities and prizes to motivate pupils. This has included BMX shows, the smoothie bike, Dr Bike, Cheryl from Rare Species and The Naturals leading walking buses to schools.
In 2019 eight local schools took part, boosting active travel to and from school. The challenge took place at the end of May and saw over 1,700 students get involved.
Frome Town Council is continuing to work with schools to encourage families to travel actively at least once a week throughout the year, as well as promote a five-minute car free zone around the schools. This will have a threefold impact: making it safer, reducing emissions and boosting health.
For anyone who must drive to school we suggest ‘park and stride’. Parking a few minutes walk away will increase the amount of exercise in your day and have a big impact on the number of cars arriving at the school gates.
The School Travel Challenge is also raising awareness and funds for local charity Frome’s Missing Links. They are actively working to link up traffic free and accessible walking and cycling routes around Frome, more information can be found here: www.fromesmissinglinks.org.uk In 2019, over £520 was raised for the charity.
Walking, cycling or scooting to school is a great chance to bring people together, talk and engage with the environment, enjoying the journey without getting caught up in traffic jams and exhaust fumes. If we put our minds to it there are plenty of journeys we can make more active and sustainable.