Message from Bucks County Council
Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.
Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.
With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools. It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.
In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey. They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely. Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.
On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.
Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.
A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.
Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey. The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.
You can complete the survey following this link: https://www.research.net/r/SchoolJourneySurvey The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.