As the summer holidays draw to a close, we are asking residents to consider safer and more active ways to commute to and from school ahead of the new academic year.
September 2020 will be a different start of the school year for all of our Bracknell Forest schools and their pupils. School staff have been working tirelessly with the council to prepare for all students to return at the start of autumn. In order to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19, reduce the spread of the virus and our carbon footprint, parents and pupils are being asked to walk or cycle to school where possible.
Bracknell Forest has purpose built, traffic free cycle routes, which can be used on the school run and for commuters. Whilst being a COVID-secure way of travelling, walking and cycling can help children develop road safety skills, contribute to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day and keep our streets free from congestion.
Alongside encouraging people to consider safe ways of travel, the council is working with bus providers to make sure there is sufficient provision in place for all bus users ahead of schools re-opening. Courtney Buses has scheduled additional dedicated school buses on the 194 route for pupils of Edgbarrow and Sandhurst Schools, to avoid over-crowding on the public services. Pupils on other routes need to be aware capacity will be limited, so should consider alternatives where they can do so.
Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport said:
“The start of the new academic year gives us a chance to re-evaluate how we travel to work and school.
“It would be great to see more people using greener methods of transport such as cycling or walking, not only to reduce our carbon footprint but to reduce the strain on our public transport and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
“Whilst public transport is safe to use, to avoid overcrowding we must prioritise its use for those who really need it. Therefore, where possible, we ask that people do their bit to keep the borough moving safely and choose more active ways to get to school.
“I wish all our Bracknell forest students, teachers and school staff a happy and safe return to school this September.”