Councils celebrate fewer cars on the road

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A conference has helped continue a push to see fewer cars on the school run.

Children and their teachers from 22 schools across Hampshire came together to share ideas on how to encourage more people to walk, cycle and scoot to school as part of the My Journey Hampshire Stars Summer Schools’ Conference.

Schools including Alverstoke Junior School, Oakley Junior School, Gomer Junior School and Crofton Hammond Junior School attended the one-day event hosted by the County Council in Winchester.

Hampshire County Council leader Councillor Roy Perry, said: ‘Our school travel planning programme seems to be working.

‘The use of cars on the school run reduced by 12 per cent between 2003 and 2013, representing about 20,000 fewer car journeys each day.

‘Hampshire County Council is committed to working with schools to encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle wherever possible, including the journey to and from school.

‘Walking, scooting and cycling – or even taking the bus or sharing a car to school is better for children, better for the environment and better for all of us. It was an excellent day, where a serious subject was tackled with great good humour.’

Mengham Junior School in Havant, was presented with the national Modeshift Stars travel bronze accreditation by Councillor Peter Edgar, the county council’s executive member for education.

The Modeshift Stars scheme was set up to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel to improve children’s health and well-being.