Westgate Primary School win gold school travel award

Westgate Primary School in Otley has been awarded a gold school travel award, in recognition of its commitment to active and sustainable travel. Well done!

It was awarded by Modeshift STARS, the national education awards scheme established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other sustainable modes of transport.

To achieve the award, Westgate Primary School encouraged its pupils to walk, cycle, scoot or ‘park & stride’ to school by implementing sustainable travel initiatives. This includes joining our School Streets scheme.

The School Streets scheme restricts traffic outside primary schools at opening and closing times. This reduces congestion around the school gates, makes the road safer for children and improves air quality for the local community.

Westgate Primary School also took part in our road safety training, including pedestrian, scooter and Bikeability workshops. Our road safety trainers were very impressed with the pupils’ enthusiasm!

Additionally, the school installed new bike storage, organised BikeRegister pop-ups and got involved with national awareness campaigns – such as The Big Pedal and Walk to School Week.

Congratulations to all the pupils, teachers and parents for achieving the award!

For more information on school streets, visit https://www.leeds.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/school-streets

For more information on road safety training, visit https://connecting-leeds.com/schools-2/

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