Leaving your engine running when your car is stationary is referred to as ‘idling’. Idling outside schools is a major cause of air pollution, which can negatively affect the health of you and your family.
Many children suffer from respiratory problems, which can be further aggravated by the effects of air pollution.
Your child’s school is in an area that experiences higher levels of traffic pollution.
You can play a big part in reducing congestion and improving air quality by thinking how you transport your child to and from school.
The best way for your child to to travel to school is walking or cycling because it helps your child to be more active, however we know that isn’t always possible so we have provided some tips and information for parents who do need to drive their child some or all of the way to school.
Park and Stride
- Park your car further from the school than you normally would, and walk the rest of the journey. Doing this helps to reduce congestion around the school gate, helping to keep everyone safer.
- Park and Stride helps to reduce emissions of carbon and other traffic pollutants and is a fun and sociable opportunity to exercise. If you walk with your child, you can use this time to help your child improve their road safety awareness and skills.
- You may have friends, family or neighbours who also drive their children to the same school or one nearby. Why not take turns to drive or walk the children to school?
Year 7 students are taking part in an air quality project with South Gloucestershire Council Public Health and the University of the West of England. This involves an anonymous questionnaire to understand people’s perceptions of air quality and travel. If you would like to take part as a parent / carer, please follow this link: https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9LcBrFccTMF0E2V