Improve safety and reduce car dependency for school journeys.
A school travel plan (STP) is written in partnership with the local authority looking to introduce a package of measures designed to improve safety and reduce car dependency for school journeys. The school is encouraged to engage with other stakeholders in the production of the STP, for example, local authority School Travel Advisors, the police and health authority and the community.
The STP looks at all those factors that effect relevant journeys to and from school and also includes health and safety concerns that may be raised through consultation with pupils, teachers, parents and local residents.
The STP is submitted to TfL at the end of the academic year and is accredited at 3 different levels through their STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) Scheme at either the bronze, silver or gold level. The STARS scheme is an accreditation scheme for schools, nurseries and colleges to inspire young Londoners to travel sustainable, actively, responsibly and safely.
In doing this, STARS empowers pupils and improves the safety and wellbeing of the whole community.
It also encourages active travel behaviour and improves the environment around the school.
Participation in STARS can benefit the whole school community:
A STP has a number of objectives designed to bring about a step change in home to school travel patterns to cut congestion and pollution and to encourage regular exercise.
A STP promotes sustainable and safer transport for the whole school community. A STP can result in:
As an important part of the STP Initiative, schools are actively encouraged to include in their travel plan, a commitment to an ongoing programme of travel awareness campaigns and promotions.
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