The Travellin' to School DVD
Youngsters from four Walsall schools have helped to develop a DVD to raise the awareness of sustainable travel on the school journey for schools across the West Midlands.
The project, which has been funded through the West Midlands Regional TravelWise Group, has been developed in conjunction with School Travel Advisers from the Regional West Midlands group.
Research shows that during the past five years, 98 out of 192 accidents involving 10 to 12 year olds in Walsall occur during the busy school travel period. Of these accidents, 63 are pedestrians, 11 cyclists and 24 car passengers.
On 23 June 2010, youngsters and interested parties were given the chance of seeing a sneak preview of the short film with the launch of the DVD at Shelfield Community Academy.
Walsall Council's road safety team, Wolverhampton City Council and Centro have led on the project to find out the sustainable ways of travelling to school.
In March 2010, children from Walsall schools Cooper and Jordan C of E Primary, Short Heath Junior School, Shelfield Academy and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College took part in filming the DVD called "Travellin' to School."
Filming took place throughout the borough and the DVD is being used to support the curriculum for youngsters in years 6 and 7. The short film features children and parents discussing their concerns about their daily school journey.
Councillor Tom Ansell, Walsall Council's cabinet member for transport said: "It's wonderful that four of our schools have been involved in this project and hearing local youngsters relate their experiences of getting to and from school.
"Improving the safety of our children during their school journeys is paramount for Walsall Council. It's our goal to maintain a steady increase in walking to school while achieving a reduction of one per cent per year in car use by 2011.
"Walking to school is an excellent way for children to get some physical activity and enjoy the fresh air."
Rachel Hooper, sustainable travel officer, Centro
"This provides a great resource for schools and pupils to learn about the importance of using greener types of transport. As a result the commuters of tomorrow have the confidence to make healthier and more environmentally friendly choices."