Walk to School Week

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Walk to School Week is an annual initiative run by Living Streets which aims to encourage walking amongst children. This year the initiative will be taking place between the 20th-24th May but it’s no ordinary Walk to School Week…this year Living Streets will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the event and would love as many pupils as possible to join in the fun.

Every year there’s a theme, and for 2019 Living Streets will be taking pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years. The classrooms packs and activities have been designed to make pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they’ll experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

Why the Walk to School Matters!

  1. Happier Children: It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
  2. Less Congestion: During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
  3. Cleaner Air: The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides.

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To download your ‘Family Walk to School Kit‘ and join the one million pupils already enjoying the benefits of walking to school across the UK, visit the Living Streets Website

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Winchester City Council Approves Movement Strategy

The document, which sets out the future vision for getting around the city was approved by city councillors and includes plans to:

  • Increase capacity for park and ride services;
  • Give buses priority over cars through measures such as bus gates in Southgate Street and Chesil Street, and bus lanes on Andover Road;
  • Consolidate parking in larger out-of-city-centre car parks rather than increasing city centre spaces;
  • Enhance cycling and pedestrian routes across the city with a “reallocation of road space along the full length of North Walls”; and
  • Change parts of the one-way system.

In the short term, £500,000 has been set aside for the strategy, which will go towards implementing bus priority measures, increasing park and ride capacity to up to 3,000 spaces and improving cycling and pedestrian spaces in the city.

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The strategy will help to encourage the uptake of sustainable transport modes and reduce traffic within the city centre. For more information on the Winchester Movement Strategy, please visit:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/winchestermovementstrategy

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The Department for Transport has announced a £23 million funding boost

The Department for Transport has announced a £23 million investment to rejuvenate cycling and walking across the UK. £21 million will be going towards improving significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network. The remaining £2 million will be used to encourage more people to walk and cycle, helping greener travel choices become the norm.

Communities across England will be able to benefit from the upgrades made to existing routes and the increased cycle connectivity, to help create a safe, accessible and traffic-free network on the doorstop of millions of people. With growing concerns surrounding air pollution, investing in greener forms of transport is becoming increasingly important.

Link to the full article here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/23-million-government-funding-boost-to-cycling-and-walking-nationwide

Chinese Electrics Buses making a dent in Worldwide Oil Demand

With electric cars gaining popularity, its effect on global oil demand is also increasing, however new research suggests that electric buses have made a much bigger dent in oil demand since implementation.

Electric vehicles have displaced approximately 3% of total oil consumption growth (since 2011) with more than ¾ of oil displacement attributed to electric buses. Research suggests that for every 1,000 buses, 500 diesel barrels are displaced every day. The same number of electric cars only displaces 15 barrels a day.

Most of this uptake has occurred in China, with 99% of the world’s electric buses (385,000 buses) being located and used in China. The City of Shenzhen, for example, completely electrified their 16,000 bus fleet in 2017, which has dramatically aided in the reduction in oil demand.

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Overall gas and diesel displacement will increase 96,000 barrels a day due to electric vehicles, making the lost cumulative demand 352,000 barrels a day since 2011. However global oil demand is still rising, growing 12 million barrels a day over the same time span. In the future, with uptake and advanced technology, electric vehicles could displace 6.4 million barrels of demand each day by 2040.

China, is not the only country making a move towards electric transport, with Delhi in India ordering 1,000 electric buses, noting that this will be the “largest commitments so far by any Indian city and from any city outside of China”.

As a whole 12 major global cities have agreed to buy only electric buses from 2025. This proves the trend is rising, with more uptake set to help cut air pollution and noise pollution, which not only have environmental benefits but also health benefits to cities and residents.

The full article can be found here: https://electrek.co/2019/03/20/chinese-electric-buses-oil/

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Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The Big Pedal will run between the 25th March and 5th April 2019 and Sustrans are aiming to make the Big Pedal 2019 the biggest year yet.

For the first time, walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. This challenge aims to encourage pupils, staff and parents to cycle, walk or scoot to school instead of using the car.

Individual classes or entire schools can get involved with the scheme where the aim is to record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school.

A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

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For schools unable to take part in the five day event, a one-day challenge is available, which can include cycling, walking and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

The years theme is ‘Travelling around the body’, with pupils tracking their progress on a wall chart, learning about the human body and the health benefits of active travel.

To celebrate the finale of the challenge there is also the option to join in with the superhero fundraiser day, which is raising money to help Sustrans enable children to use active travel every day – making the school run safer and healthier.

All schools that are registered will be entered into daily prize draws for exciting rewards including equipment and accessories, if more than 15% of your school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge.

For more information and to register visit www.bigpedal.org.uk.

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Ride to Work Week

25th March marks the start of Ride to Work week, hosted by Love To Ride UK. Switching to two wheels for a week will not only save you money, it’ll increase your fitness and reduce pollution in your area. Why not set yourself the challenge and see how much money you can save?

Did you know that more people riding to work reduces:

  • Illness and sick leave – cycle commuters are fitter and healthier, taking half the sick leave of their non-cycling colleagues
  • Stress and anxiety – people who ride to work regularly report improved mental health
  • The cost of commuting – the average UK worker spends £146 monthly, or £135,000 over their working life
  • The cost of public health – the NHS could save billions through reduced obesity, diabetes and heart disease
  • Congestion and pollution, which contributes to 40,000 premature deaths annually in the UKRide to work

As spring sets in and the evenings get lighter, cycling is a such more leisurely alternative to driving, it might even encourage friends and family to do the same. Sign up at www.lovetoride.net to record your rides, unlock an exclusive discount on Amazon and be entered into prize draws.

 

 

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CILT Review: Rural Bus Services

The latest Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Focus magazine has highlighted the current crisis rural bus services are experiencing. Like bus services in general, there is a general decline in use due to unattractive services, including the lack of early morning/evening services and infrequent timetabling.

However, for rural communities, bus provision is still a vital mode of transport, offering services for the elderly and non-drivers. The CILT article however does state that due to rural areas low population density, providing the level of service, like that of an urban areas, is impractical and not less economically viable. Despite this over a quarter of all bus journeys in England (outside London) are predominately in rural areas.

The decline in transport has been fuelled by pressures in local government finance, with increasing average operating costs, coupled with reduced use, which leads to reduced profit margins. Despite this government have expressed the need to support rural bus servicing, with new funding schemes put in place to encourage development of services, and as such kick start schemes such as CallConnect, a demand responsive service in Lincolnshire.

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The article suggests that a “more comprehensive, consistent and concerted approach” to rural services should be adopted, similar to other European countries. The main principles of which include; a framework on services, demand responsive provision, community involvement, harnessing of taxi and private hire services and using technology to provide information and ticketing.

“It is vital rural areas are not abandoned” as impacts to communities such as social isolation, could have knock on effects to public health and well-being. Therefore, the government must realise how important rural bus provision is, aiding in the creation of a rural public transport network that supports economic grown and well-being.

The full article can be found here: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=caae06e6-cf57-488d-8cd0-f96e3006a4bf

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