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Let’s transform the ‘school run’ to protect children’s health and their future, say charities

Let’s transform the ‘school run’ to protect children’s health and their future, say charities back to News

To protect children’s health, wellbeing and futures, we need to work together to transform the school run so all pupils can get to school via climate-safe, healthy modes of travel, say a group of national charities.

The alliance of eight organisations (Bus Users, Campaign for Better Transport, Community Rail Network, Community Transport Association, Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), Greener Journeys, Living Streets and Sustrans) is appealing to families to support their children to walk, cycle or use public transport as much as possible as they return to school.

The group is working proactively with local authorities, government and transport partners to ensure that every child can get to school sustainably. This year’s post-lockdown return to school will see journeys increase. The group warns that a return to private vehicles will lead to an unsustainable increase in traffic, affecting children’s health and wellbeing, and jeopardising efforts to reduce carbon emissions to net zero.

The alliance is highlighting that efforts are needed within communities to remove barriers, so that every child can walk or cycle, use public, school or shared transport, or a combination, when they travel to school.

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Posted on 18th September 2020