Resources

16th May 2003 at 01:00
* The Department for Transport website has reams of data, statistics and research, and advice on how to formulate a travel plan. The department also produces a school travel resource pack including posters and leaflets.

www.local-transport. dft.gov.ukschooltravelindex.htm; www.transtat.dft.gov.ukpersonalindex.htm; www.roads.dft.gov.ukroadsafetyindex.htm.

* The DfES Teachernet site (www.teachernet.gov.uk) also has information and links. Go to its A-Z index, click "Travelling to School".

* Sustrans (www.sustrans.org. uk) is the charity behind the Safe Routes to School initiative (www.saferoutestoschools.org. uk). Resources include videos, information sheets and curriculum packs. The website has facts, figures and examples of good practice. Tel: 0117 926 0888. The charity is behind a two-day conference "Championing Safe Routes to School: citizenship in action", on September 23 and 24 at De Montfort Hall, Leicester (www.youngtransnet.org.uk portalsustrans.asp).

* Transport 2000 (www.transport2000.org.uk) promotes sustainable travel.

The website has advice on setting up safe routes. A Safer Journey to School is an excellent free booklet. Tel: 020 7613 0743.

* TravelWise (www.travelwise. org.uk) is a partnership of local authorities and other organisations, again promoting sustainable, safe travel.

* The Pedestrians Association organises Walk to School week (May 19-23) and International Walk to School day (October 8). www.pedestrians.org.uk; www.walktoschool.org.uk.

* The National Society for Clean Air (www.nsca.org.uk) produces a free "emissions assessment" workpack that allows pupils to calculate the pollution their journey to school causes. Tel: 01273 878 770.

* Other packs are available from Nottinghamshire TravelWise (tel: 0845 6088 608, key stage 2) and Hertfordshire County Council (tel: Sue Ellis, 01992 556806). West Sussex County Council (01243 777128) produces a leaflet on how to make bus travel more appealing to teenagers.

* www.walkingbus.org, sponsored by the car manufacturer Kia, has advice for schools and parents on setting up a walking bus, and a directory of walking buses.

* www.walkingbus.com has similar information. The site is maintained by the engineering consultancy Mouchel, as is www.saferroutestoschool.com.

* Yellow bus information and enquiries: www.firstgroup.com yellowschoolbus.

* www.slower-speeds.org.uk has useful information and advice on how to improve safety outside school.

* www.liftshare.com is not school-specific, but is used by many parents.

* The Bicycle Association publishes a booklet called Funding Cycling Schemes. Tel: 024 7655 3838.

* Young Transnet (www.yptin.org.uk) aims to involve young people in developing the transport policies of the future. Tel: 020 7843 63256016.

* MappIT produces a software package called Map Maker (pound;75), which allows you to map travel patterns at your school. Tel: 01487 813745.

* The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents publishes cycling safety booklets. Tel: 0121 248 2000.

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