Schools shine in the Hitchin Active Travel Challenge

Published: 26 Jul 2019

The weeklong Hitchin Active Travel challenge involved pupils from Oughton Primary and Nursery School, Highbury Infant and Nursery School, Whitehill Junior School, The William Ransom Primary School and Strathmore Infant school.

Over the course of a week pupils were encouraged to walk, scoot and cycle to school. Journeys to school each day were recorded to see which class in their school travelled the most by walking, scooting and cycling. With so many parents dashing off to work after the school run, park and stride was also included. This involves parking just five to ten minutes away from the school and walking the last part of the journey.

The feedback from both teachers and pupils was very positive. They all enjoyed the challenge and linking with other schools added a new fun dimension.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said: “There are real benefits in active travel and it does make a difference as children are healthier and more prepared for the day ahead, especially for learning. Other benefits include reducing pollution and congestion, and improving all important air quality and road safety outside schools. ”

Cllr Derrick Ashley and Cllr Judi Billing supported the challenge in Hitchin, and Cllr Ashley presented awards at Oughton Primary and Highbury Infants School, who were first and second in the challenge. All the schools really embraced the task of increasing active travel to school.

In addition, William Ransom School were also celebrating achieving silver accreditation from Modeshift Stars for their work on the school’s travel plan. The school have been working very hard with the Active and Safer Travel Team from Hertfordshire County Council to encourage active travel to school helping their pupils to be more active every day. This accreditation requires a reduction in using the car for the school journey and lots of activities to promote walking, scooting and cycling to school, it also includes road safety training and education. They are

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