Contribution to sustainable travel - Team

Safe Routes to School Working Group - Bathampton Primary

Bathampton Primary’s Safe Routes to School Working Group (SRTS) aims to support the school with initiatives that promote active travel (and therefore reduce car use) and to understand travel to school patterns so as to target safety improvements that will enable more families to enjoy active travel together. Led by Fiona Powell, a parent and passionate advocate for active travel, the projects that the team have worked on over the last few years have had very positive impact on improving road safety and encouraging active travel to school. Recent activities (2016/17) include consultation with the school community through surveys, regular meetings with Jewson (local developer) to manage road safety during a building period and obtaining funding to install scooter parking & a cycle shelter. The team have also worked together to deliver a range of activities to encourage behaviour change including active travel breakfasts, safe zone sign competition and cycle maintenance classes (Y5/6).

Local Authority contact details

Hannah Brittain – School Travel Plan Officer, Bath and North East Somerset Council (01225 394262) Jessica Fox-Taylor – Sustainable Transport Team Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council (01225 394257)

Who was involved & what was their role?

Hannah Brittain, School Travel Plan Officer – Modeshift STARS support SRTS Working Group members: Fiona Powell, parent and SRTS Working Group Lead at Bathampton Primary – organised meetings, coordinated group activities, led on School Travel Plan Cheryl Cook, Governor Pnina Moscovici, Parent Katie Cutting, Parent Paul Falkus, Head Teacher – provides authorisation for group-organised events

Details of cost budget, sources of funding

Group members are volunteers so there are no staffing costs involved. Funding for cycle and scooter storage was obtained through B&NES Council (CAF2 and STTY). The group also recently secured a Highways budget allocation to improve road safety around school as a result of lobbying B&NES Council (£40k).

How was it developed?

The SRTS Working Group was set up through SRTS funding available through the Council (circa 2010).Funding was discontinued in 2012, however the SRTS Working Group continued due to its positive results. The working group was taken on by the current members in summer 2016. With construction set to occur soon at a Jewson development site nearby, the SRTS arranged monthly meetings with Jewson to manage traffic safety during this period. A good working relationship was quickly established, and the team negotiated a window during school pick up and drop off when vehicles larger than a transit would not be allowed to enter or depart the site. The school and Jewson collaborated to identify transport infrastructure schemes to improve safety and encourage active travel which could be prioritised with the Council. The group’s chair, Fiona Powell, took the lead on the development of the School Travel Plan in Aug 2016. With her proactive approach the school achieved Bronze STARS in Dec 2016.

What was the outcome, including information on future plans - one-off, on-going, develop further?

In developing their school travel plan (STP), the team identified issues and set targets to increase active travel. Following the recent scooter pod installation, the school have seen positive results, with the pods being consistently full through summer term (plus a few by the walls!). The team set up a car-free ‘Safe Zone’ in response to concerns from parents, teachers and pupils regarding pedestrian safety outside school; operating between 8:30-9:00 and 15:00-15:30. The team collected & collated data from parents during Road Safety Week 2016 to create an Active Travel map for the new parents pack. Through regular meetings with B&NES Highways team, councillors and STP Officer, the team have been successful in securing £40k funding to improve walking routes to school. The team plans to involve school council pupils in developing the STP from next academic year and will also be developing initiatives to encourage car-sharing to reduce single-occupancy car journeys.

How does this initiative or project meet the criteria?

Target group: the team runs activities and lessons to involve pupils and parents (individually and as a family) with active travel and improving road safety around school. Measure success: success is measured against set targets to increase active travel stipulated in the STP. This is monitored through annual school travel surveys and bike/scooter counts. Transferable: the SRTS team structure can be replicated by other schools (more suited to Primary stage). Their approach ensures that parents are directly involved and engaged in the delivery of travel initiatives. Cost effective: team consists of volunteers, so cost-benefit is exceptionally good value for the resulting outcomes. Barrier/solutions: because it involves parents directly, the team has proven to be effective at identifying road safety and travel issues in the school’s vicinity. The collaborative approach encourages buy in by all parties, including local community, meaning that solutions are owned rather than enforced.

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