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Primary school pupils carry the torch for sustainable transport

Spellbrook primary pupils kicked off the torch relay
Spellbrook primary pupils kicked off the torch relay

Pupils at Spellbrook CofE Primary joined Hertfordshire's walking to school mascot, Buster the 'steposauras', to begin a spring torch relay to promote sustainable travel.

The children handed the beacon to cyclists, who headed to Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth. They were supported by Hertfordshire police and PCSOs on quad bikes and cycles.

Mandeville pupils took to their scooters to pass the torch to Reedings Junior School, from where it was walked to Fawbert and Barnard Infant School.

The Moving Mums group then joined the children for a lap before walking to the town council chamber and then on for the last leg to High Wych Primary School.

The schools organised the active travel relay with Herts County Council’s Active and Safer Travel Team, Sawbridgeworth Town Council, the local cycle group and the Moving Mums group.

All five schools have worked to promote active travel to school and improve the fitness of their pupils. Last year the group received the runner-up prize for best partnership at the national awards for travel plans at Modeshift STARS, a national scheme that recognises schools supporting active and sustainable forms of travel.

Increasing the number of children walking, cycling and scooting has had a positive effect on reducing the number of cars being driven to school, which helps to improve air quality.

The Active and Safer Travel Team works with schools across Hertfordshire on road safety and sustainable travel initiatives. To find out more, email activeandsafer travel@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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