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					Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy




            2008 - 2009
         DRAFT 23 APRIL 2008
1. Introduction

2. Links to National, Regional & Local Strategy

3. Sustainable Modes of Travel to Schools Strategy

4. Targets to engage schools in the School Travel Plan Process

5. Reducing car use on the school run

6. Consulting with Schools, Colleges, Parents and the Local
   Community

7. Incentives to help promote sustainable travel

8. School Travel Plan Implementation

9. The next few years for Merton




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Introduction
This strategy has been developed in response to a statutory requirement from DCSF
that requires the London Borough of Merton to develop a Sustainable Modes of Travel
Strategy for Schools illustrating how the Authority will develop its systems, processes
and promotions to better care for and support journeys to, from and between schools.

In writing this strategy we will be continuing to work towards the flowing objectives:

        Reduce car use within the borough for the school journey
        Increase the proportion of school journeys undertaken on foot, bike or public
         transport
        Improve health and fitness levels
        Identify main pedestrian / cycle routes and make them more pedestrian / cyclist
         friendly
        Increase cycling and walking levels whilst reducing accident / casualty levels

Car use for all journeys is increasing. The journey to school highlights our changing
travel habits – in the mid 1980’s around 60% of children walked to school and 16% were
driven. By the end of the 1990’s the proportion walking had fallen to below 50% whilst
those traveling by car had almost doubled to 32%. There has been a decline in use of
public transport and cycling has fallen to less than 1% of school journeys. As a result
almost one in five car trips on the urban network at 8.50am are taking children to school.

Busy roads, increased car ownership and time pressures on parents all add up to more
cars on the road. Increased traffic on the school run adds to peak time congestion, as
well as contributing to increased pollution, risk of accident and adverse impacts on
health and the environment.

The Sustainable Modes of Travel to Schools Strategy sets out how London Borough of
Merton will assist schools in developing their own School Travel Plans to make the
journey to school safer, to promote healthy and sustainable travel and to reduce car
dependency.

Links to National, Regional & Local Strategy
National Strategy

A New Deal for Transport – Better for Everyone (1998 White Paper)
This sets out the Government’s plans to achieve an integrated transport system, which
would help decrease dependency on the private car by offering an efficient, attractive
and viable alternative. Key principles of the policy include improving safety and widening
transport choice in order to reduce congestion, pollution and car dependency.

National Road Safety Strategy – Tomorrow's Roads: Safer for Everyone (2000)
This highlights how the number of car journeys has had an effect on road safety. This
strategy aims to reduce by 50% the number of children being killed or injured by 2010

The Future of Transport – A network for 2030 (2004 White Paper)

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Transport is vital to the economy and the way we live. Decisions that we take now will
have an impact for decades to come. Reducing the number of car journeys is a key aim
of this document.

Travelling to School: An action plan (2003)
Produced by the DfES and gives details of how schools can promote sustainable
transport and receive grants for setting up school travel plans

National Cycling Strategy (2004)
This document highlights the fact that the school journey, in line with most journeys, has
changed to become much more car-dependent and that travel by all other modes has
fallen.

Public Healthy White Paper (Choosing Health) - Nov 04
Schools are encouraged to have a whole school approach towards health. This will be
catered for in lessons, sport, and provision of food, personal advice and support and
travel arrangements

Every Child Matters (2003)
This document aims for children to have good physical and mental health. It also aims to
promote full service extended schools to include breakfast and after school clubs. This
will have an effect on the travel patterns around schools.

Sport England’s “Every Day Sport”
Sport England is encouraging everyone to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity
for 5 days a week. This helps to improve fitness levels for both children and adults

The revised National Healthy Schools Standard
As part of the Healthy School Status all schools are encouraged to set up a School
Travel Plan as one of their targets

Sustainable Schools
The Sustainable Schools promotion is designed to support schools on their journey to
sustainability, introducing the principles of sustainable development and offering
guidance on how to embed these principles into the heart of school life. The DCSF has
been working with partners to provide core materials to help embed sustainable
development into all areas of school life.

Regional Strategy

Mayor of London Transport Strategy (2001)
Aims to improve public transport and longer term introduce new rail networks. It also
examines how best to tackle congestion on London's streets, including proposing a
central London congestion charge, and the need to provide efficient access for London's
deprived communities and to regeneration areas.

London’s Road Safety Plan (2001)
The targets set in this plan are the same at the National Road Safety Targets. Within this
document TfL have registered their support of the development of School Travel Plans
and to the School Travel Plan Implementation programme.


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The London Cycling Action Plan (2005)
The Mayor has set a target of an 80% increase in cycling in London by 2010. This plan
aims to implement a programme of quality cycle parking at London schools and further
education establishments, and to support a rolling programme of cycle training.

The Walking Plan for London (2003)
The Mayor wishes to create a safe, attractive and accessible environment that enriches
Londoners experience and appreciation of walking. The Walking Plan aims to review
existing material on walking available to London education establishments and update
material that can be incorporated into the curriculum, to make children more aware of
the benefits of walking.

The Mayor’s Draft Children and Young People’s Strategy, April 2003
Walking is often the mode of transport most readily available to children and young
people and it is important that they have access to high quality, connected walking
environments to enhance their health and promote greater levels of social interaction.

Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy (2003)
This sets out targets for reducing air pollution throughout the capital. By reducing the
number of car journeys schools are helping to contribute towards these targets.

Transport 2025
This document describes a 20-year transport vision for London to address the significant
transport challenges arising from the major population and employment growth facing
London.

London Regional Group and Steering Group
Merton is a member of both these groups. The steering group looks at national policy and
establishes how this can be applied at a local level. The aim of the regional group is to
provide a consistency of approach with regards to School Travel Plans across all London
Boroughs.

Local Strategy for Merton

Local Implementation Plan
Boroughs are required to prepare Local Implementation Plans (LIPs) containing their
proposals for the implementation of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) in their areas.
The priorities of the MTS for the LIP, which aim to improve overall accessibility, equity,
and environmental quality of the transport in London, are to:
    Improve road safety
    Improve bus journey times and reliability
    Relieving traffic congestion and improving journey time reliability
    Improving the working of parking and loading arrangements
    Improve accessibility and social inclusion on the transport network
    Encourage walking by improving the street environment for pedestrians
    Encourage cycling by improving conditions for cyclists
    Bringing transport infrastructure to a good state of repair

Local Area Agreements
This document is Merton’s Local Area Agreement for 2008-11. It sets out the priorities
that the Merton Partnership will work towards to improve outcomes for people who work,
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live and learn in the borough. It includes various sets of performance indicators and
targets by which the Partnership and Government will measure how well it is doing in
delivering these outcomes. This document contains a target to reduce the number of car
trips on the school run.

Children & Young People Plan
The Children Act 2004 requires that, a local Children and Young People Plan is agreed
with all those responsible for planning, commissioning and delivering services to children
and young people in the area. Merton aim to deliver high quality services for all children
in the borough, which promote their life chances and help them achieve their ambitions
and potential. Merton are particularly determined to help those facing obstacles or
challenges to over come them and to ‘bridge the gap’ in outcomes which exists between
these children and their peers. The plan shows how policies are impemented in:
     The Every Child Matters, Change for Children agenda
     The Department for Education & Skills (DfES) Five Year Strategy for Children
         and Learners
     The National Service Framework for children’s health and maternity services,
         which will cohere together locally to embrace the Five National Outcomes for
         Children and Young People

Home to School Travel Policy 2006
This document has been produced for children under school leaving age of 16. It also
looks at policy for pupils with statements of special educational needs. This document
gives guidance as to whether pupils are entitled to free transport through the local
authority.

Sustainable Modes of Travel to Schools Strategy
Overview of borough

Merton is a very diverse borough with a relatively even distribution of schools
throughout. However, all 10 of the independent schools are located to the west of the
borough over 3 wards. Although the majority of schools are relatively well connected to
the public transport system there are areas (especially on the borough edges) that are
not connected to the same degree.

      Rail stations: Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Haydons Road, Wimbeldon Chase,
       South Merton, Morden South, Mitcham Junction, Eastfields
      Tube stations: Wimbledon, Wimbledon park, South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood,
       Morden
      Tram stations: Wimbledon, Dundonald Road, Merton Park, Morden Road,
       Phipps Bridge, Belgrave Walk, Mitcham, Mitcham Juction
      Bus routes: numerous routes operate throughout the borough

Why do we need to act?

The journey to school has changed – increased pressures on time and lifestyle have
resulted in one third of primary children and one fifth of secondary children making the
journey to school by car. The reasons for increased travel by car are varied, and
correspond with an overall increase in car travel:

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        Wider choice of schools over a wider area
        Parents under increasing pressure of time
        Increase in car ownership
        Inadequate public transport services
        Increased traffic and fears about road safety
        Increased fears about personal safety, including bullying and abduction
        Preference of children/habit

Many parents claim the school-run to be inconvenient and say they would prefer not to
drive their children. However, many feel that they have no reasonable alternative. For
working parents, meeting school start and end times can be difficult and can involve a
considerable detour from their normal working journey. Many non-working parents said
they would not travel in the morning peak period, if they did not take their children to
school, and some claimed that having to collect their children has meant that they could
not work. As traffic and congestion increases, a vicious circle is created whereby fears
about safety in traffic lead to a reduction in walking and cycling.

Apart from the adverse impact to the local community, businesses and the environment
that the increase in traffic brings, there are also disadvantages for the pupils. Traveling
to school by car means that children may be missing out on vital exercise, and the
opportunity to gain road safety and environmental awareness. Traveling independently
can help with confidence and social interaction.

In particular, encouraging primary school children to walk and cycle will improve their
health and road safety skills and help to ease the transition from primary to high school.
A much larger percentage of children travel to high school alone and it is often a lack of
‘road sense’, which leads to the high proportion of accidents of this age group (11-12
years).

We are currently living in a society where up to 1 in 5 children are overweight and 1 in 25
are obese. By encouraging sustainable transport throughout Merton children will be
undertaking increased exercise and will be more alert throughout the school day. With a
decrease in the use of cars for the school journey there will be environmental benefits
both in and around the local vicinity of each school

School Travel Plan Development

A School Travel Plan is a set of measures designed to reduce car use by encouraging
alternative travel and making the route to school safer for both pupils and staff. Each
school is responsible for producing a plan with the assistance of the School Travel
Advisor. To make this process easier, Merton has now produced templates for Primary,
High and Special Schools, which schools can complete or adapt as required. Colleges
can also use these templates

When schools have produced an approved School Travel Plan they are able to access
the following grants (grants have also been made available for independent schools)
     Primary schools (£3750 + £5 per pupil)
     Secondary and Special (£5000 + £5 per pupil)



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No grants are available for colleges and they are also not part of the TfL target for which
the School Travel Advisor position is funded. However, colleges can use the template
and the school travel advisor will provide the same level of support in the travel plan
process.

As the whole travel plan process develops further there will be more linkages between
other boroughs. This will enable data to be collected for pupils that travel out of borough
to other schools and colleges.

Support with writing the plan

All schools in Merton (including Independent) have been approached with regards to
producing a School Travel Plan and the funding that is available. The School Travel
Advisor will continue to encourage all schools to participate. Regular contact is
maintained with every school and a record of all this contact is kept and updated daily.
We also work closely with the education department in working out the best approach for
schools that consistently don’t participate.

The School Travel Advisor meets with the school initially to talk through the process.
After the school has appointed a School Travel Plan champion, a School Travel Plan
template is supplied to the school.

Getting the plan approved

The School Travel Advisor is able to give feedback to the school when a draft version
has been submitted. If any areas require more detail or work these are highlighted and
support is given to the school in rectifying these issues. The template format makes this
process easier for schools and easier for the School Travel Advisor to make sure that
the overall standard is consistent. Once the plan meets all the requirements it is signed
off by the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors at the School and by heads of
department in both Regeneration and Education. At this point the school receives a
payment of one days supply cover and other incentives including free pedometers and a
digital camera.

Promoting the plan

All schools are encouraged to have a notice board within school where they can present
work associated with the plan. This can include children’s work, targets and the Walk On
Wednesday (WOW) campaign results for example. Schools are also encouraged to
photograph events and displays linked in with the plan. Many schools now promote their
travel plans on the web. Each year we have a competition for the best school website in
terms of how they promote their travel plan. The 2008 prizewinner was St Marks Primary
and the 2007 prizewinner was Ursuline Preparatory School

Monitoring the plan

In order for schools to get approval on their School Travel Plans they have to make the
commitment of meeting with the School Travel Advisor each term and to update their
plan and survey on an annual basis. When the updated plan is received the school
receives a payment of one days supply cover and can also apply for free pedometers
and a digital camera. These survey results and targets are inputted into the ITRACE
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monitoring software so that results can be studied. This monitoring takes place on an
annual basis to meet the requirements of TfL and LBM. Each year we offer incentives to
schools for updating their travel plans on time. This includes supply cover payment, free
pedometers, digital cameras, fluorescent jackets for pupils, cycle helmets etc. Each year
these resources are reviewed and schools are invited to provide feedback




Local Authority and Senior Level Support

London Borough of Merton employs one full time School Travel Advisor, who is currently
funded by TfL, DCSF and LBM. The School Travel Advisor is responsible for co-
ordinating, prioritising and supporting the implementation of plans within the borough.
They ensure that Schools, Governors and Councillors receive regular updates and
information on School Travel Plans. The School Travel Advisor is involved in the general
promotion of travel issues and national/regional campaigns.

London Borough of Merton has responsibility for signing off the completed travel plans
for schools. Regular updates on targets are given to both Children Schools & Families
and Environment & Regeneration

Targets to engage schools in the School Travel Plan Process
Financial Year    Cumulative           Actual                  Date achieved   Person
                  STP Target           Number             of                   Responsible
                                       STP’s
2003 - 4          6                    6                       March 2004      Merton STA
2004 - 5          16                   19                      March 2005      Merton STA

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2005 - 6     26                  36                      March 2006   Merton STA
2006 - 7     36                  49                      March 2007   Merton STA
2007 - 8     46                  61                      March 2008   Merton STA
2008 - 9     56                                          March 2009   Merton STA
2009 - 10    66                                          March 2010   Merton STA

Date         Target % with Actual % with Date achieved                Person
             STP           STP                                        Responsible
March 2005   25%           28%           March 2005                   Merton STA
March 2006   40%           54%           March 2006                   Merton STA
March 2007   54%           74%           March 2007                   Merton STA
March 2008   74%           92%           March 2008                   Merton STA
2009         100%                                                     Merton STA




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The following schools have so far received a grant for producing a School Travel Plan:

Primary

School                                                                     School Travel Plan Grant
Abbotsbury Primary School                                                                      £5,660
All Saints CE Primary School                                                                   £5,161
Aragon Primary School                                                                          £6,245
Beecholme Primary School                                                                       £4,885
Benedict Primary School                                                                        £5,390
Bishop Gilpin CE Primary School                                                                £6,525
Bond Primary School                                                                            £5,665
Cranmer Primary School                                                                         £6,135
Dundonald Primary School                                                                       £4,980
Garden Primary School                                                                      Grant TBC
Garfield Primary School                                                                        £4,900
Gorringe Park Primary School
Haslemere Primary School                                                                      £6,140
Hatfeild Primary School                                                                       £6,135
Hillcross Primary School                                                                      £5,435
Hollymount Primary School                                                                  Grant TBC
Holy Trinity CE Primary School                                                             Grant TBC
Joseph Hood Primary School                                                                    £4,705
Liberty Primary School                                                                        £5,955
Links Primary School                                                                          £5,665
Lonesome Primary School                                                                       £5,665
Malmesbury Primary School                                                                     £5,990
Merton Abbey Primary School                                                                   £4,670
Merton Park Primary School                                                                    £4,930
Morden Primary School                                                                         £4,940
Pelham Primary School                                                                         £4,970
Poplar Primary School                                                                         £5,735
Priory CE Primary School                                                                      £5,827
Sacred Heart RC Primary School                                                                £6,149
Sherwood Primary School                                                                       £5,935
Singlegate Primary School                                                                     £4,860
St. John Fisher RC Primary School                                                             £6,282
St. Mark's Primary School                                                                     £4,885
St. Mary's RC Primary School                                                                  £5,388
St. Matthews CE Primary School                                                             Grant TBC
St. Peter & St Paul RC Primary School
St. Teresa's RC Primary School                                                                £6,424
St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School                                                 Grant TBC
Stanford Primary School                                                                       £5,905
West Wimbledon Primary School                                                                 £5,250
William Morris Primary School                                                                 £4,850
Wimbledon Chase Primary School                                                                £6,170
Wimbledon Park Primary School                                                                 £5,930




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High

School                                                                       School Travel Plan Grant
Bishopsford Community                                                                           £10,100
Harris Academy Merton                                                                        Grant TBC
Raynes Park High                                                                                £10,335
Ricards Lodge High                                                                              £10,920
Rutlish High                                                                                 Grant TBC
St Marks Church of England Academy
Ursuline RC High                                                                                £10,143
Wimbledon College RC High                                                                     Grant TBC

Special

School                                                                       School Travel Plan Grant
Cricket Green Special School                                                                     £5,605
Melrose Special School                                                                           £5,155
St Anns Special School                                                                           £5,415
Smart Centre                                                                                     £5,145

Independent

School                                                                       School Travel Plan Grant
Blossom House Special School                                                                     £5,535
Eagle House School Special School                                                            Grant TBC
Donhead Preparatory School                                                                       £4,575
Kings College                                                                                Grant TBC
The Norwegian School                                                                         Grant TBC
The Rowans School                                                                            Grant TBC
Study Preparatory School                                                                         £5,295
Ursuline Preparatory School                                                                      £4,910
Willington School
Wimbledon Common Preparatory School (Squirrels)                                                  £4,340
Wimbledon High

How have schools spent money?
School can spend the money on a variety of things on school grounds to help encourage
sustainable travel. Examples include cycle storage, pedestrian shelters, path and
playground maintenance, on site security and lighting.




                                                      Perimeter fencing at Raynes Park High
CCTV at Joseph Hood Primary
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Reducing car use on the school run
As part of the travel plan requirement, schools are required to undertake a travel survey
on an annual basis. Below are the most up to date results (April 2008) for the different
sectors of school within the borough.

Primary




                                           Car share
                              Car/van




                                                                                              Other
                                                                                       Walk
                                                                               Bike
                                                         Bus




                                                                       Rail
Actual Travel              21%            8%            5%           1%        4%     60%     1%
Preferred Travel            9%            5%            5%           4%       32%     40%     5%

High
                                           Car share
                              Car/van




                                                                                              Other
                                                                                       Walk
                                                                               Bike
                                                         Bus




                                                                       Rail
Actual Travel              12%            8%           41%          18%       2%      18%     0%
Preferred Travel           14%           13%           29%          15%       8%      16%     6%

Special
                                           Car share
                              Car/van




                                                                                              Other
                                                                                       Walk
                                                                               Bike
                                                         Bus




                                                                       Rail




Actual Travel              26%           36%           15%           3%        6%     13%     1%
Preferred Travel           25%           20%           22%           4%       18%     12%     1%

Independent
                                           Car share
                              Car/van




                                                                                              Other
                                                                                       Walk
                                                                               Bike
                                                         Bus




                                                                       Rail




Actual Travel              32%           29%            7%           6%        4%     19%     4%
Preferred Travel           23%           22%            6%           6%       20%     17%     5%


As part of the Local Area Agreement the following targets have been set (around pupils
travel only) to reduce car use on the school run




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Indicators                                  Indicator   Baselines Targets       Targets     Targets
                                            Source      2006/2007 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011
                                                        (2007       (2008       (2009       (2010
                                                        calendar    calendar    calendar    calendar
                                                        year)       year)       year)       year)
NI198 - Children travelling to school –     DCSF/TfL/ST       16.5%       15.5%       14.5%       13.5%
mode of travel usually used (all            P's &
schools with STP's, no teachers, car        January
use only - not car share, to one            school
decimal place)                              census

The latest results (for calendar year 2008) should be available summer 2008.

Consulting with Schools, Colleges, Parents and the Local
Community
School Travel Plan consultation
As part of the travel plan writing process, schools are required to undertake consultation
with pupils, staff, parents and governors. Many schools also consult with the local
community and police as well. The purpose of this consultation is to help identify the
following:

      Reasons as to why the school community find it hard to walk or cycle
      Problems with local transport routes

This consultation is updated every 3 years. In addition to this the school travel advisor
meets with schools at least once a year to discuss any ongoing issues. Focus sessions
are also carried out with student councils when required to help promote sustainable
travel

Merton Schools, Transport and Community Group
This group meets four times a year to help improve links between public transport
operators, school and the local community. The School Travel Advisor chairs these
meetings. These meetings have helped to add additional buses to routes were over
crowding has been an issue. They have also helped to identify ‘behaviour hotspots’
resulting in additional policing in those areas

Incentives to help promote sustainable travel
Walk On Wednesday: The WOW campaign helps to
promote walking to school. Badges are given out to
pupils if they walk to school for each Wednesday of a
month. The idea is that pupils collect the whole set
over a year. The scheme was launched in January
2005. Over 40 Merton schools have participated and
over 8000 badges are given out a month on average.
Additional prizes are given out each month to the
school with the greatest percentage of pupils and
staff participating in the scheme.


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                                                    Examples of WOW badges




 Case Study: Aragon Primary

  School have participated since the launch in Jan 2005
  They regularly get around 90% of pupils and staff walking on a Wednesday
  This has had a significant impact on their on going school travel plan!

 “WoW is a fun scheme that all children can enjoy. It provides colourful and inventive
 incentives that encourage children to be more active and walk to school. As well as
 this the scheme promotes road safety, exercise and the environment in a practical
 way and has made a difference to the way that children consider travelling to school.
 I would therefore recommend this scheme and certainly hope that it continues for a
 long time!”
                                                       Tracy Riccio (teacher at Aragon)

 Taking part in the WOW scheme in Merton is easy! Each month the WOW contact at
 each school is emailed a ‘class sheet’ where representatives from each class at the
 school write in pupil’s names and give them a tick for every Wednesday they walk.
 The student council then total these figures up on the ‘schools total sheet’, which is
 returned to the School Travel Advisor.
 The school with the greatest percentage walking each month receives an extra prize
 for all pupils at the school. Aragon won the Debra the Zebra pencil cases in
 November 2005 when 94% walked to school!


Walk to School Weeks: Merton participates in both the National and International Walk
to School Weeks. The main focus and budget is connected to the national week. We use
‘Debra the Zebra’ (Merton’s Walk to School and Road Safety Mascot) during the national
week and each year we give away Debra the Zebra branded resources to help promote
the week. Pupils are also given the chance to participate in the Debra the Zebra
calendar competition. During these weeks we also offer Debra the Zebra assemblies
and theatre in education.

Walking campaigns have helped schools reach their targets set within the travel plan. In
terms of resources, priority is given to schools that have an approved School Travel Plan
On average around 75% of school participate regularly – many have seen reductions in
car use on the school run of up to 20%.
                                   Theatre in education at Aragon
                                               Primary




                            Debra the Zebra Walk to
                               School calendar



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                        Walk to School Week
                             resources




                                                                           Assembly at Morden Primary




 Case Study: Merton Abbey Primary

  School have participated regularly in the Debra the Zebra Calendar competition –
   last year they entered 160 pictures from the school
  In 2006 they had the winning calendar picture!
  This year we had over 4000 entries helping to increase awareness of walking to
   school campaigns and Debra the Zebra (the walk to school and road safety
   Mascot)

 “Debra the Zebra calendars are a great way of reminding the children about walking
 to school. As a school we do the design competition during Walk to School week so
 that it is presented in a known context. The whole school get very excited about
 entering and are very pleased when their own picture, or someone in their school,
 gets their design in the calendar! As the calendars are used in every classroom it is
 also a colourful, daily reminder about the benefits of walking to school”
                                                Emily White (Teacher at Merton Abbey)




Walking Buses: Support is available for schools looking to
establish a walking bus. Merton has produced a pack and free
resources for any school interested in taking up this scheme.
                                     Dundonald Primary walking bus


School Crossing Patrols: These operate in 9 sites over Merton and help to encourage
walking to school.

Kerb Skills: This training is offered to Year 1 pupils at schools and provides children
with basic road safety awareness. This training is provided free of charge

Cycle Training: Free cycle training is offered to all schools in Merton. The Road Safety
team offers ‘Off Road’ training for Year 5 pupils and ‘On Road’ Training for Year 6 pupils.
This training can also be adapted and offered to High schools as well if required.

Cycle Facilities at Schools: Out of 66 schools in the borough, 44 are known to have
cycle storage in place for pupils and/or staff to use. So far 950 cycle spaces at Merton
schools have been recorded. This goes somewhere towards assisting the 4500 pupils
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and staff that said in the last survey that they would prefer to cycle. Many schools have
used some of their travel plan grant towards providing cycle storage.

Mayors Cycle Initiative: This scheme allows schools to apply for cycle storage free of
charge through TfL. In order to apply for this free storage schools have to have an up to
date School Travel Plan. Over the time this scheme has been running, 23 schools in
Merton have obtained free storage.

Merton Cycle Challenge: This took place for the first time in Summer 2007 to link in
with the Tour de France. To participate, schools had to send a photograph of their cycle
storage and count the number of bikes. For a period of 6 weeks, the school with the
greatest percentage cycling each week was given a prize. Some of the winning schools
are shown below.




    Pelham Primary                                            Benedict Primary

School Travel Party Scheme: The Transport for London School Party Travel scheme is
open to all schools located within the Greater London area. Under the scheme you can
travel free if you are visiting venues of an educational and cultural interest that enhance,
support and supplement teaching as part of the National Curriculum.

Transition Pack: Merton and Sutton were the first two boroughs in London to pilot the
‘Upgrade’ Transition packs. Each year packs are produced for Pupils, Parents and Staff.
These are given out in the summer term for all Year 6 pupils and parents and are
supported by lesson plans and a Merton Upgrade website The aim of these packs is to
encourage pupils to travel safely and by sustainable methods when they make the
transition form primary to high schools.

Safety & Citizenship: Funded by Transport for London and based within the Education
department at London's Transport Museum, TfL Safety and Citizenship provides a free
of charge transport education service to all schools within Greater London.The aim of
this initiative is to promote safety and citizenship on and around London's transport
system. The service prepares children aged 10-11 for independent travel before they
move to secondary school. The team can provide a range of services to schools
including multimedia presentations led by trained School Liaison Officers (SLOs). The
presentations focus on ways to make safe journeys confidently and with respect for
fellow passengers.


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Zip (from Oyster cards): Zip is the new name for Oyster photocards for young people,
and from September the cards will have a new look.

      5 to 10 year-olds: Children aged 5-10 years can now travel FREE at any time on
       the buses, the Tube, trams, DLR and London Overground at any time.
      11 to 13 year-olds: Children aged 11 to 13 can travel free at any time on trams
       and across the entire London bus network, including sections outside Greater
       London. 14 to 15 year-olds: Children aged 14-15 can travel free at any time on
       buses and trams and across the entire London bus network, including sections
       outside Greater London. 14-15 year-olds must have a
       valid Child, 14-15 or 11- 15 Oyster photocard to get free
       travel on buses and trams and some child-rate travel on
       the Tube, DLR and London Overground.
      16 to 18 year-olds: Children aged over 16 and under 19
       on 31 August prior to the start of the academic year who
       are in full time education or on a work-based learning
       scheme, and who live within a London borough, can
       travel for free on buses and trams across the entire London bus network,
       including sections outside Greater London.

School Travel Plan Implementation
The School Travel Advisor works closely with the Traffic & Highways Department in
putting in place engineering measures around schools that have been requested in the
School Travel Plans. Merton has a dedicated engineer who is able to evaluate any
requests for engineering that have been made by schools in their travel plans – this is
followed up by a site visit. This assessment of individual school needs helps to program
the engineering schedule for future financial years.

Examples of this School Travel Plan Implementation can include the following measures:
    New signs and road markings
    Traffic lights and controlled crossings such as pelicans
    Zebra crossings
    Speed tables or humps
    Improved lighting
    Pavement resurfacing
    Cycle routes
    One-way streets
    20mph zones

A summary of the School Travel Plan Implementation work that has been undertaken so
far is shown below.




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School                                                    School Travel Plan Implementation work
Abbotsbury Primary School                                 Improved crossing point outside the school on
                                                          Abbotsbury Road
All Saints CE Primary School
Aragon Primary School
Beecholme Primary School
Benedict Primary School
Bishop Gilpin CE Primary School                           Remarking of zigzags
Bond Primary School
Cranmer Primary School                                    Improve crossing point on Cricket Green, by
                                                          widening pedestrian refuge on Cricket Green,
                                                          Wigwag Signs
Dundonald Primary School
Garden Primary School
Garfield Primary School                                   Wigwag Signs
Gorringe Park Primary School
Haslemere Primary School
Hatfeild Primary School                                   Wigwag Signs, Speed table (after schools
Hillcross Primary School                                  reorg) calming on Hillcross Avenue, Bollards on
                                                          Traffic
                                                          Monkleigh Road, Improved School signage

Hollymount Primary School
Holy Trinity CE Primary School
Joseph Hood Primary School                                Improved crossing point on Martin Way,
                                                          Improved signage, Wigwag signs, Speed table
                                                          on Whatley Avenue
Liberty Primary School
Links Primary School                                      Speed table (after schools reorg) on Frinton
                                                          and Gunton Road
Lonesome Primary School                                   Footpath improvements outside school




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School                                                   School Travel Plan Implementation work
Malmesbury Primary School                                Wigwag Signs
Merton Abbey Primary School                              Widen footway on High Path and add in speed
                                                         table to provide defined crossing point
Merton Park Primary School                               Additional lighting for footpath outside school
Morden Primary School                                    Wigwag Signs
Pelham Primary School
Poplar Primary School                                    Hard surfacing in mostyn road to replace grass
                                                         verge to enable crossing of walking bus,
                                                         alterations to signals on junction of Martin Way
                                                         & Poplar Road South

Priory CE Primary School                                 Improved Signage
Sacred Heart RC Primary School
Sherwood Primary School
Singlegate Primary School
St. John Fisher RC Primary School
St. Mark's Primary School
St. Mary's RC Primary School
St. Matthews CE Primary School
St. Peter & St Paul RC Primary School
St. Teresa's RC Primary School
St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School
Stanford Primary School
West Wimbledon Primary School                            Traffic Calming on Bodnant Gardens
William Morris Primary School
Wimbledon Chase Primary School                           Improved Signage
Wimbledon Park Primary School



School                                                   School Travel Plan Implementation work
Bishopsford Community
Harris Academy Merton                                    Speed table (after schools reorg)
Raynes Park High
Ricards Lodge High
Rutlish High
St Marks Church of England Academy
Ursuline RC High                                         Speed table on the Downs. Pelican crossing on
                                                         Worple Road
Wimbledon College RC High




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     School                                                       School Travel Plan Implementation work
     Cricket Green Special School
     Melrose Special School
     St Anns Special School                                       Footpath improvements outside school
     Smart Centre                                                 Improving pedestrain entrance


     School                                                       School Travel Plan Implementation work
     Blossom House Special School                                 Signing and lines and some resurfacing
     Eagle House School (4-16)
     Donhead Preparatory School
     Kings College (7-18 boys)
     The Norwegian School (3-16)
     The Rowans School (3-9)
     Study Preparatory School
     Ursuline Preparatory School                                  Improved Signage
     Willington School (4-13 boys)
     Wimbledon Common Preparatory School (Squirrels)
     Wimbledon High (4-18 girls)
     Wimbledon High




                                                   Abbotsbury Primary –
                                                   traffic calming outside              Ursuline High – a new
                                                   the school                           crossing point on Worple Road
    Poplar Primary – an improved crossing
    point for the walking bus




West Wimbledon Primary – a sign designed
for the traffic calming on Bodnant Gardens                                    Lonesome Primary – a new path for pupils




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The next few years for Merton
Merton has been leading the way in London since 2003 in promoting sustainable travel
to schools. Each year we have exceeded London targets in terms of approved School
Travel Plans (for the last two years we have been almost 20% above target). Grants of
over 300K have been paid out to Merton schools and change in modal shift has been
bought about my numerous walking and cycling initiatives. Since introducing a travel
plan some schools have seen a reduction in car use on the school run by up to 20%!

We are now in a position where we can make year on year comparisons in travel as 61
out of 66 schools now have a plan in place. In previous years comparisons have been
hard to make as a result of the smaller sample size of schools. However, just because
we nearly have a 100% of schools on board the work is really just beginning rather than
ending.

With the current staff resource we have, there is a risk that we may not easily reach our
Local Area Agreement target. Whilst many schools have seen a reduction in car use
there are still schools with plans in place who have seen less of a modal shift. As a
borough we still have bus capacity issues with high schools and large numbers of pupils
choosing to use the bus for relatively short journeys rather than walking. For some
schools there is a definate need to have increased focus work with pupils to help bring
about a great degree of change in the way we travel.

As a borough we are confident that sustainable travel will continue to increase. However,
it is likely that if we follow the lead of neighbouring boroughs in bringing in additional
officers to help undertake this role, the change in modal shift will be even more dramatic.




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