9 reasons to actively travel to and from school
Reason 1 - Builds activity into the whole family's routine
At 1.6 miles, the average primary school journey is a distance that can be cycled, scooted or walked.
It's the perfect opportunity to squeeze in more activity into our busy lives to try and achieve the recommended 60 minutes a day for children And it's a great way for families to spend time together.
Reason 2 - It's a boost for your mental health and wellbeing
Physical activity can increase mental alertness, energy, positive mood and self-esteem.
It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety and increases motivation, according to the Mental Health Foundation.
A great start to your childrens day and yours too! Make a pledge to boost your mental health and wellbeing.
Reason 3 - It's the best way to start the day
Teachers find that pupils who walk, cycle or scoot arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.
Matt Nicholls, Headteacher at Nanpean Primary School agrees'it is often clear in school which children are more active as their focus and concentration is better in lessons when compared to children who aren't as active.'
It can also benefit parents just as much as children!
A 20-minute bike ride can use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine. All the more reason to enjoy the things you love and start the day in the best way possible tomorrow.
Reason 4 - It will help ease congestion outside the school gate
1 in 5 cars in the morning rush are on the school run - don't add to the congestion outside the school gate.
Leaving the car at home means you'll take the hassle out of parking too!
Reason 5 - It's good for the environment
Up to 40,000 early deaths are attributable to air pollution each year in the UK
Getting out of the car and on to your bike or scooter, and walking are all great ways to reduce your carbon footprint and It'll help reduce air pollution and address the climate crisis saving the environment.
Reason 6 - It increases children's road safety awareness
Instilling a love of cycling, scooting or walking in children from a young age has long-lasting benefits.
It develops road awareness which encourages independent travel as a teenager. It can also create good habits for a more active adult life. A win-win all round.
Reason 7 - It lets you connect with the world around you
Cycling, scooting and walking brings you closer to nature and the changes in the seasons.
You'll spot wildlife and notice the leaves changing colour on the trees.
And two wheels are better than four when it comes to connecting with nature and getting to know your local area.
Reason 8 - You'll save money
Cycling, scooting or walking the school run will save you and your family a small fortune, what other motivation do you need!
You'll be spending less on petrol. And you might also save money on gym fees, leaving you with more cash in your pocket.
Reason 9 - Think of all the fresh air, freedom and fun you'll have along the way
Taking time out of your day to cycle, scoot or walk together is a great chance to catch up on your child's day. And it's a good way to spend quality time with each other.
You'll all enjoy the fresh air and freedom of an active school run.