Dales pupils asked to be travel smart

DALES youngsters are being encouraged to make the most of their school journey to stay fit and safe.

Derbyshire County Council has launched this year’s Travel Smart campaign, which takes inspiration from the world of sport.

More than 240 schools across the county are joining in the action during Travel Smart week which runs from May 21 to 25.

Pupils can choose one or more of these Travel Smart events to make their journey to school:

• The Race Walk - walking to school as fast as possible without breaking into a run or sprint.

• The Ride & Glide Challenge - travelling by bicycle, scooter or any other people-powered wheels

• The Travel-thon - a combination of car sharing or driving part of the journey then walking, or using another form of transport for the rest of the journey.

• The Bus Stop Hop - getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking

Pupils will record how they make their journey in a travel diary and will receive a bronze, silver or gold ‘medal’ sticker depending on how many days they ‘Travel Smart’.

Cllr Simon Spencer, deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Travel Smart Week is a great way to encourage youngsters to be active and travel to school in a more environmentally–friendly way.

“With all the sporting events planned for this year we hope children and parents will be inspired to leave the car at home and Travel Smart to school.”