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Travelling Green ‘goes national’
West Dunbartonshire Council has been asked by the Scottish Executive to roll out its Travelling Green initiative to all schools in Scotland.
The initiative was developed by the council to encourage children and their parents to feel more confident about walking to and from school - and so increase their daily physical activity.
The Scottish Executive is providing £200,000 funding to launch it in all schools in Scotland.
Linda McBrearty RSO explains: "The Travelling Green initiative has been specifically designed to get kids and their parents walking to school.
“There are also road safety benefits with the project as children practice pedestrian skills, learn about risk assessment, develop awareness of hazards and safety features and, ultimately, develop the skills to become responsible and independent pedestrians.”
West Dunbartonshire Council developed Travelling Green between 2002 and 2005. In 2003 the project won a Scottish National Transport award for Road Safety. There are now 20 schools participating in the project in West Dunbartonshire.
For further information contact Katrina Grant on 01389 737297.