Think Green, Think Health - Think Active Travel

Can you make your journey to school, education or work a greener one this autumn?


Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns have presented us all with significant challenges, but we’ve also seen many residents across West Sussex have made lots of extremely positive changes, particularly in terms of how they travel.

Many have discovered the benefits of active travel choices, such as walking and cycling, for more journeys in their local area, or simply getting outdoors and being active every day. These are really positive changes, and we want to encourage residents to continue to make journeys greener, healthier, safer and more active.

Particularly on the school run, could you think differently about the journey to school this autumn when dropping the children off? Why not make your journey a greener and healthier one and look to other modes of transport such as walking, cycling or scooting* rather than the car.

This autumn we’d like everyone to have a look at their journeys – school children, college and university students, parents and others travelling to work. The benefits of changing to a greener mode of transport extend wider than helping to tackle climate change - it will also be healthier for you, your family and friends.

* Please note: although trials of e-scooter public hire schemes are taking place in some parts of the country, it is illegal to use privately-owned electric scooters on the public highway.


Active Travel Fund

As part of its Active Travel campaign, funded by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Active Travel Fund, West Sussex County Council will be engaging with both schools and the wider public, and sharing key messages, to ensure everyone’s journey runs as smoothly as possible.

We’re also:

  • Encouraging schools to develop their own travel plans to promote active and sustainable travel choices for school journeys.
  • Considering a range of different measures and initiatives to encourage parents, carers and pupils/students to think active travel first for the school run, making their journeys greener, healthier, safer and more active.
  • Helping everyone to think more about switching to active and sustainable transport options, wherever possible.

Win a £500 bike store voucher - competition now closed

To enable a greener and healthier West Sussex, our #ThinkActiveTravel campaign, designed to help residents make more conscious decisions around school runs, commutes and in fact any form of travel, is in full-swing across the county.

To support the efforts of West Sussex residents, we teamed up with South Downs Bikes to give one lucky person the chance to win a £500 store voucher. Thank you to everyone who took part in this competition, which is now closed. We really appreciated all the entries. The winner has been notified and will be announced soon. Thank you again!

Display of bikes in a showroom

 


School gate travel improvement programme

A ‘school gate’ travel improvement programme is being developed by the County Council as part of its Active Travel Initiatives. Proposed improvements will help to reduce reliance on cars, protect school bus travel and promote active travel.

Proposals include:

  • A new toucan crossing on the A283 in Shoreham to support active travel journeys to and from Sir Robert Woodard Academy.
  • A new signalised crossing adjacent to The Gatwick School, Gatwick Road, Crawley.
  • Upgrading the signalised crossing on B2116 Keymer Road, Hassocks to a Toucan crossing and providing a shared cycleway footway on Dale Avenue to support active travel to Downlands School. This is part of a wider scheme which is devised to improve cycling provision from Sayers Common to Hassocks.
  • Targeted one-to-one training for adults wanting to improve their cycling confidence.

Be Bright Be Seen

This autumn/winter, there’s plenty of advice on Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s website about how all road users can be more visible in the darker months.


Further information

For further information on these campaigns, please contact the council at activetravel@westsussex.gov.uk.

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