6 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Journey to School
2020 has just arrived and what better way to celebrate than with fun, healthy and sustainable resolutions? If you’re struggling to come up with your resolutions, check out these 6 tips from 3PR that will improve your physical health, reduce congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions!
1 | Give Car Sharing a Go
There are endless advantages to car sharing with other families in your neighbourhood. Just imagine how much fuel you could save by carrying out just one or two journeys a week! Not only would this save money, but it would also lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the number of cars outside school.
Car sharing with other families also gives children the opportunity to mingle with peers who may not be in their class or year group. This will boost their confidence, expand their vocabulary and help them to make new friends.
2 | Leave a Little Earlier
The most common excuse for inconsiderate parking is that families simply don’t have enough time in the morning. Once parents have got themselves ready, fed and dressed their children and got out the door, there’s very little time left to find a suitable parking space and walk the remaining distance to school.
What’s 3PR’s magic solution, you ask? Simply get up and leave a little earlier! Changing your routine may be tricky at first, but you’ll soon feel the benefits of getting more exercise and fresh air first thing in the morning.
3 | Document Your Journey
Documenting your journey to school will help your family to track all the healthy changes you’re making to your routine. This will hopefully motivate you to keep travelling to school in a more sustainable way and help you to remember the interesting things you’ve seen along the way.
Why not create a scrapbook with photos or drawings of animals, plants, artwork or people you see on your journey? You might also want to keep lists of things you learnt or discussed, or games you’ve played.
4 | Grab Your Bike or Scooter
Christmas has only just passed, so hopefully your child is still feeling enthusiastic about their new bike or scooter. Kids are often more motivated to scoot or cycle than they are to walk, as it makes the journey shorter and adds an extra element of fun.
Walking alongside a child on a bike or scooter will also mean adults don’t have to slow their pace. This improves efficiency on your journey and helps both parents and children to get a better workout.
5 | Stay Safe
Walking to school or taking part in Park & Stride is fantastic, but we mustn’t forget the risks. When travelling in the dark, winter’s mornings, remember to wear reflective clothing, invest in bike and scooter lights, and follow a well-lit route. You should also check the weather before you leave home, so you can avoid being out in the rain or snow for too long.
Whatever the weather, you should also remember basic road safety. Listen, look and hold your child’s hand when crossing the road and do your best to find a safe place to cross. This can be challenging near a school, where roads may be full of parked vehicles. Try to avoid stepping out between these cars, as you may not be spotted by oncoming vehicles. If there is absolutely nowhere else to cross, use the “peep and creep” method to edge forward slowly until you’re sure there is no approaching traffic.
6 | Collect Your Tokens
Don’t forget to collect your tokens whenever your school’s 3PR patrol is out! You may be in a rush to get into school, but don’t let this prevent your child’s class from winning the 3PR cup and certificate.
If you want to do more to help your school community in 2020, why not volunteer to be part of your 3PR patrol? You could play a major role in encouraging other families to travel sustainably and park safely outside school. You’ll also get an extra boost of fresh air in the morning and be able to greet other families as they arrive in school.