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Kilburn officers step back in time for Travel Smart week

Posted on 1st May 2015

Officers from Kilburn are helping to promote active and environmentally-friendly travel to local youngsters, as part of a dinosaur-themed Travel Smart week.

Pupils across the county will be introduced to a series of well-known prehistoric creatures that have been given a sustainable travel makeover during Travel Smart week (18-22 May 2015), with each dinosaur representing a different way of travelling to school.

PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley from the village’s Safer Neighbourhood team visited Kilburn Infant School on Thursday, April 30, to encourage youngsters to make a ‘Monster Move’ by walking, cycling, scooting, car sharing or travelling by bus on their journey to and from school.

Officers have teamed up with the Travel Smart team from Derbyshire County Council to deliver the training, with the aim of reducing the number of cars on the road and to help promote more physically active lifestyles.

Local pupils can Travel Smart and make a ‘Monster Move’ by:
• Taking giant strides to school like ‘Walkosarus Max;’
• Travelling on two or three wheeled bikes like a ‘Trike-ceratops’ or ‘Pedalosaur;’
• Travelling by public transport in the form of a ‘Brontosaur’ bus;
• Those who travel by car can Travel Smart like the ‘driving Dimetrodon’ – renamed as ‘Carshare-alots.’

PCSO Midgley said: “It is great to be involved in events such as this one at Kilburn Infant School and get to know local youngsters. They are so well-behaved and are always eager to learn about roads safety and come up with some good ideas about new ways of getting to and from school.

“They look forward to telling their parents and carers about the training and we hope this encourages more families to choose alternative ways to travel, to cut parking problems and congestion outside local schools. There is even a specially designed Travel Smart dinosaur character for the Safer Neighbourhood team called a Police Offi-saur!”

Rob Bounds from the Sustainable Travel team at Derbyshire County Council said: “Many schools use Travel Smart week as part of their School Travel Plan to encourage parents and children to make fewer car journeys, to help reduce traffic congestion around school and to promote active lifestyles. The theme of this year’s campaign builds on the popularity of dinosaurs as a way of capturing pupils’ attention in a fun and interesting way.”

To find out more about Travel Smart week visit: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/transport_roads/road_safety/children_schools/travel_smart/resources/travel_smart_week/default.asp

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