Why go it alone when there is help out there? There are many professionals and organisations with a strong interest in promoting sustainable, safe travel for children. Make sure you find out who can help with advice, resources, funding or inspiration for activities.
Who Can Help from My Local Authority?
In the UK most county councils, London Boroughs and city or unitary authorities are working to encourage everyone to travel more sustainably.
Despite the current austerity measures and budget cuts, your local authority should be able to help you.
The level and type of support varies from area to areaand depends partly on local policies and priorities.
Many councils often have one or more person in post who works with schools to encourage more walking to school.
Although the department name and job titles vary, start by contacting your council and asking for the sustainable travel team; otherwise contact your local road safety team and they may be able to put you in touch as they often work together.
Borough Councils may also be able to help via their Community Safety or Sports Development teams.
Don’t forget the smaller councils; although parish councils won’t have huge resources they may be able to offer community grants to support projects that help improve safety outside school gates.
How Can the Police Help Me?
Your local police will be concerned about any traffic dangers around your school gates and are always keen to work with communities to make them safer.
Contact your local police to let them know about your initiatives to improve road safety so you can work together.
They may have access to funding or resources to help promote community safety initiatives such as yours.
Which Charities Can Help Me?
Living Streets is the UK campaigning organisation for pedestrians and public spaces.
Their mission is to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk.
They organise national Walk to School Week in the and promote International Walk to School Month in the UK.