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Why should journeys by car form part of the School Travel Plan?
What are the issues and how can they overcome?
Car sharing advice and guidance

Why should journeys by car form part of the School Travel Plan?

For some there is no realistic alternative to the private car for the journey to and from school. The role ofCartoon image of travelling to school by car the car therefore needs to be taken into account when preparing a School Travel Plan. This includes making sure the car is accommodated safely into any plans (particularly around the school entrance), and encouraging drivers to use the car in a sensible way.

What are the issues and how can they be overcome?

In considering the role of the car within the School Travel Plan it is worth bearing the following points in mind:

  • inappropriate parking adjacent to the school gate can be dangerous and also lead to inconvenience to the local community
  • many of the cars driven to school only contain one student
  • students may only travel by car for one journey per day (i.e. they may only be driven TO or FROM school) or only on one day a week
  • students being driven to school are not able to enjoy the benefits of walking, cycling and travelling by public transport

While the car will continue to form an important part of the School Travel Plan it is important that opportunities to make best use of the car are maximised.

What car related initiatives might feature in a School Travel Plan?

When considering what initiatives to include within your action plan you may want to consider the following ideas:

  • set up a car sharing scheme to encourage parents/guardians to share responsibilities by driving each others children to/from school;
  • identify safe ‘drop-off’ points away from the school gate and introduce a Park and Walk scheme in conjunction with safe pedestrian routes
  • publicise that drivers should switch off engines when stationary
  • consider promotions such as a leave your car at home day
  • operate a Speed Pledge campaign
  • investigate the potential to offer County Council’s pre-driver training (for secondary school students) and adult driver training (for parents/guardians)
  • investigate speed reduction measures in your ‘school zone’ to promote a safer environment
  • introduce new parking arrangements outside the school entrance
  • consider improved on site car park management to encourage staff to use other modes
  • investigate separate car and pedestrian entrances to the school
  • ensure access roads within the school site are segregated to provide cyclists and pedestrians clear priority

Further information on these and other initiatives can be found in Identifying solutions and developing initiatives.