Active travel - schools

The Active Travel team support and encourage all infant, junior, primary and secondary schools to take part in schemes, events and competitions which are held regularly throughout the year.  These require input from teachers, parents, pupils and members of the community.  It has been proved that schools which have taken part in the above have increased the numbers of pupils walking and cycling to school. 

To implement some of the schemes the County Council provide funded resources which schools find useful incentives for parents and pupils.

We assist schools to investigate ways of improving walking and cycling routes to school. 

School Travel Plans

Each school should have an individual School Travel Plan specifically aimed at reducing unnecessary car journeys to and from school.

A school travel plan is a document which sets out a number of practical ways to reduce the number of car trips made to a school, to encourage more walking and cycling and to improve safety on the school journey.

The travel plan aims to raise awareness among pupils and parents of the harmful effects of increasing car use on children's health, safety and independence. The travel plan process aims to win "hearts and minds" by raising awareness of the implications of travel choice and the benefits of encouraging more sustainable travel to school. The travel plan can also include proposals for physical improvements and facilities to make the journey feel safer and more pleasant for those on foot or bicycle such as 'Safer Routes to School' and 'School Zones' schemes and cycle parking facilities.

Why develop a school travel plan? 

By developing a travel plan, a school is demonstrating a commitment to promoting a safer, cleaner and more attractive school environment. With their health, safety and environmental messages, school travel plans can contribute significantly to other projects such as Health for Schools, Safe Schools and Eco-Schools. The travel plan can provide eligibility for funding from the Council and possibly other sources towards the cost of some proposals.

Further examples of travel initiatives include: Feet First (Walk, cycle or scoot at least once a week), a Walking Bus, Park and Stride (parking away from the school at designated sites and walking the remainder), cycle training and a voluntary car lift share scheme. 

Any planning application linked to an increase in pupil and/or staff numbers will need to be accompanied by an up-to-date School Travel Plan. The proposals will also need to take into account and make provision for any additional car-parking/cycle-parking that may be required for additional staff generated by the development.

Nancy Sloan is the County Council's Active Travel Officer. She should be able to provide guidance and assistance in producing/updating the School Travel Plan if you so require:

Telephone: 07971 446231


Individual School Travel Plans for schools completed between 2001 and 2010.  (Please note that all of these are out of date):  School Travel Plans (pre-2010)

Champion Schools

Champion schools go the extra mile to promote active travel by taking part in Feet First, Walk to School Week, the Big Pedal, competitions and events.

The following schools have been involved in Cumbria County Council's Active Travel schemes for a number of years and are happy to be contacted for ideas and advice.

Beckstone Primary: David Warbrick (Head).
Telephone: 01946 830423

Yarlside Academy: Kishanda Blake
Telephone: 01229 894615

Hayton Church of England School: Catherine Gosson-Low.
Telephone: 01228 670491

Houghton Church of England School: Helen Benson.
Telephone: 01228 607565

Seascale Primary School: Laura Jackson
Telephone: 01946 28403 

Patterdale Church of England School: Liz Stewart (Head).
Telephone: 017684 82383

South Lakeland
Heron Hill Primary School: Alison Lehane (Office Manager).
Telephone: 01539 773639