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School travel plans

Any activity to promote smarter travel choices to your school is a great start - participation in Walk to School Week, The Big Pedal, Bikeability training. That said, a school travel plan can be a useful framework to help structure your activity.

Developing a school travel plan

Developing a travel plan for your school (or nursery, or college) can help encourage sustainable travel choices. A travel plan is a useful framework for policies and projects, containing:

  • Aims and objectives setting out what you want to achieve.
  • Identified champions to help promote the travel plan (pupils, staff and even parents and carers).
  • A baseline against which you can measure progress (such as Hands up Survey data or a short survey of pupils, parents and staff).
  • Roles and responsibilities of individuals and organisations who will help deliver your Travel Plan.
  • Actions to take forward in the short term and medium to long term (such as taking part in events and campaigns, working with the Council on parking issues outside your school, securing cycle or scooter parking).

A travel plan does not need to be a lengthy, onerous document - the shorter the better. It also does not need to be a wordy document - images, diagrams, personal statements from pupils, parents and teachers - use your imagination (even a single School Travel Plan poster would be great!).

It is also important to keep it updated, and to communicate it to everyone who has a role to play in delivering it - pupils, staff, carers, the Council, Police Scotland and others. Pupils should be involved in its development if possible - JRSOs, Eco-Schools Committees, Rights Respecting Schools committees.

Internal guidance

An informal, internal guidance document to help you produce a School Travel Plan is available at word icon School travel plan guidance (WLC internal) [59kb]. We may update this occasionally, so check back to this page for the most up-to-date version.

This guidance document pulls together much of the information contained within the West Lothian School Travel Plan template kit, which some schools may still have in folder form from 2007/08. This information is held by Deborah.Paton@westlothian.gov.uk on CD, and whilst dated in some parts, contains some very useful information on setting targets, action plans, carrying out surveys etc. A few Word-based templates for individual sections are available below for ease of access:

 - An example front cover for your School Travel Plan with an introduction word icon 1. Example Front Cover - School Travel Plan [3Mb].

 - An example description and map of your school section for your School Travel Plan word icon 2. STP - Example description of school and map [2Mb].

 - An example analysis and target setting section for your School Travel Plan word icon 3. STP - Example analysis and SMART targets [73kb].

 - An example Action Plan for your School Travel Plan word icon 4. STP - Example Action Plan [76kb].

If you would like more information from the CD or wish to discuss your School Travel Plan, please get in touch with Karen.McCubbin@westlothian.gov.uk.

Examples and useful links

Moray Council: School Travel Plans - including templates and a useful 'explainer'

Fife Council: School Travel Plans - including a useful school travel questionnaire templates

Clackmannanshire Council: School Travel Plans - including a useful template