London School Plans Have Reduced Car Journeys by Almost 2 Million and Carbon Emissions by 1,150 Tonnes Per Year
New figures released by Transport for London (TfL) show school travel plans are having an impact on reducing the number of car journeys to and from school, with almost two million fewer car journeys made during the last year.
School travel plans encourage schools to seek practical solutions to reduce the number of cars dropping children off at school. Currently, 35% of school pupils in London travel to school by car, according to TfL. Schools with a travel plan in London have reduced the number of car journeys by an average 7% per school, or 1,200 fewer journeys per school per year.
TfL helps schools with support, advice and practical help, for example funding for cycle parking, road safety improvements, and setting up car sharing schemes.
Help is also available to set up a “walking bus” scheme in which school children, accompanied by teachers or parents, walk to school together along a designated route collecting fellow pupils as they go.
More than 1,600 schools (53%) in the Capital now have a school travel plan. All schools will have a travel plan by 2009. When all of London`s schools have a travel plan it is estimated a further 4.5 million car journeys a year will be saved, reducing CO2 emissions, congestion and improving Londoners’ health.
The investment that we are making in providing families with alternatives to driving children to school is now paying off, cutting out the unnecessary school run journeys that can contribute to safety, pollution, congestion, and health problems.—Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
The results of the School Travel Plans were published by TfL in the first annual School Travel Plan Programme Report. The Mayor of London has set the target of all schools in the Capital to have a school travel by 2009. The national target is 2010.