BELMONT SCHOOL TO HOLD SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
School gears up for event on 22nd March to
launch campaign for safe and healthy routes
children and local residents from Belmont School,
are working with environmental charity Groundwork
Thames Valley to prepare to launch a project
for safer and healthier routes to the school.
launch event on Friday 22nd March at 2pm at
Belmont School will provide an opportunity
for pupils, teachers, parents, local businesses
and residents to take part in a range of fun
activities focused on the theme of safe routes
afternoon will be packed full of activities
for pupils to take part in including pedestrian
road safety training, cycle competency, keep
fit and "Debra the Zebra" guided
walk around Belmont Island. Parents and the
local community will have the chance to take
part in the 'Planning for Real' consultation
to help identify where the danger areas are
on routes to school. The Theme of the Afternoon
is 'Stranded on Belmont Island' and pupils
will be dressing up as castaways and sending
out a balloon SOS.
aim of the project is to support a shift from
school related journeys by private cars towards
walking, cycling and public transport, by increasing
the independence and road sense of pupils and
contribute to a greater perception of their
personal safety by both pupils, parents and
the wider community.
School has seen an increase in traffic problems
over the years as concerns over safety inhibit
pupils from walking or cycling to school,"
comments from Dave Elmer, Teacher at Belmont
School and Chair of the Safe & Healthy
Routes Steering Group.
added, "This project provides us with
a fantastic opportunity to address these issues
and work with the whole community to find a
solution to enable our children to walk and
cycle to school in a safe and confident manner."
& Healthy Routes to School" is a partnership
project between LB Hounslow, Groundwork, West
London Health Promotion Agency (WLHPA) and
Belmont School. This builds on Hounslow's "Safe
and Healthy Routes to School" programme,
which has been running since 2000.
part of the "Safe & Healthy Routes
to School" project Groundwork
Thames Valley is working with teaching
staff to deliver workshops based on travelling
to school. By involving the whole school, Groundwork's
education workshops help to educate pupils
in road safety, pedestrian training, environmental
impact of traffic, gathering evidence and working
with LB Hounslow to develop a physical improvement
plan with highway engineers.
is also helping pupils plot travel surveys
and create 3D model maps of the area to be
used as part of "Planning for Real"
consultations with local residents, businesses,
pupils and parents to map the routes to school
and identify the danger hot spots. These consultations
are taking place at Belmont School on Monday
18th March 3-4.30 pm and Friday 22nd March
Thames Valley, Senior Community Officer Claire
Denby added, "We recognise that for pupils
to realise the benefits of walking and cycling
to school we need to work with the whole community
to create a safe environment for school journeys."
Jeziernik from the West London Health Promotion
Agency praised Belmont School for joining the
scheme and said that the success that had been
seen in other areas can be repeated in Chiswick.
"Safe and Healthy Routes to School"
project is also being rolled out in Grove Park
School - look out for its event on Monday 22
Thames Valley is an independent charity,
committed to social, economic and environmental
regeneration. Projects focus on building stronger
neighbourhoods, training, stimulating enterprise,
integrating the economy and the environment
and realising young people's potential. The
Trust works in partnership with government,
local authorities, businesses and the local
is a member of the "Safe and Healthy Routes
to School" Steering Group. It provides
specialist support and advice to the Hounslow
project including supporting the schools enrolled
in the project through resource provision and
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