School best practice – Sustainable travel at University College School (UCS)

Case studies and blog posts, Schools – Monday, December 7th, 2020

UCS has been working closely with Sustrans’ BikeIt program and Green School Runs to encourage sustainable travel amongst he school community with the aim of working towards going carbon zero by 2030

UCS entered a 2-year BikeIt program in Sept 2020 to increase enthusiasm for active travel, with a focus on cycling. BikeIt has helped deliver a wide range of virtual activities, including; parent ‘coffee’ mornings, student focus groups and assemblies encouraging sustainable travel choices.

Student cycle use is at an all-time high, with new bicycle racks in place. Once restrictions are eased, the plan is to create a BikeIt ‘Crew’ next term, who will learn how to maintain bicycles and run workshop mornings for students to bring their bicycles in to get fixed. Please contact dave.ebbrell@sustrans.org.uk for more information.

Green School Runs have been another important group who have encouraged sustainable travel at UCS. Alongside their campaigning to create Healthy Schools Streets nearby the three school sites, their Park & Stride scheme has been put in place at the nearby O2 Centre to encourage parents to park away from school to improve air quality around the school.

One example of a homegrown idea is the Independent Travel Scheme that the Junior Branch has launched. Students are awarded points and awards reflecting if they travelled to school car-free. Points are calculated based on the choices that students make and also the distance they travel. Special badges are achieved for reaching certain levels of points and the uptake has been excellent.

For more information on any of the initiatives mentioned or other ideas to promote sustainable travel, please do contact environment@ucs.org.uk