A scheme to cut congestion outside school gates is being piloted in Swale as schools returned this week after half term.
It builds on the government’s drive to encourage more forms of active travel and the ‘build back greener’ push following the coronavirus pandemic.
Kent County Council wants to help school children swap car journeys for walking or cycling at least twice a week.
Although it is a parent or carers’ responsibility to get their children to and from school, KCC wants to increase the numbers of those willing to walk and cycle all or part of their journey.
KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport David Brazier said: “Not only is walking or cycling good for the environment with fewer cars on the road, it’s better for your health to walk or cycle all, or at least part, of the route to school.
“We’re piloting this promotional campaign at secondary school children in Swale and, if successful, hope we can roll out the scheme across the county.
“We appreciate that for some people, walking or cycling to school isn’t possible, but we really want to encourage those that can, to do so to help the planet, to get fit and keep the roads outside our schools free from congestion.”
In summer 2020, the government launched plans to boost walking and cycling, with a vision that half of all journeys in towns and cities are walked or cycled by 2030.
As part of the active travel push, funding was given to KCC and helped create a 20mph scheme in Faversham.
To support the scheme, KCC will be offering Bikeability Level 3, a one-day course delivered at school to increase confidence in road cycling.
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