It’s back to school in two weeks, and with that it’s back to walking or cycling to school for many of Medway’s pupils.

For many children and parents, the new school year will bring a mixture of excitement, nerves and anticipation – especially for those children walking and cycling to class on their own for the first time.

But families can rest assured, Medway Council’s Road Safety Team is on-hand to reassure parents with information and support to encourage safe independent travel to school.

The council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “It’s understandable parents have concerns about allowing their children to travel independently to school for the first time.

“One such tip we would suggest is that you plan the journey with your child a week or so before the school term starts. Take the journey with them to assess the potential hazards along the way and work together on finding a safe solution before your child travels independently. Ensuring they are equipped with life skills, gives parents peace of mind.

“Our Road Safety Team is available to provide practical advice, with free leaflets available on request, and lots more helpful information on the safer journeys page of the council website.”

For parents with slightly younger children, the team also offer support with such schemes as walking buses, park and stride and a newly developed practical skills programme for younger pedestrians.

To find out more, contact the Road Safety Team on 01634 333333 or visit http://www.medway.gov.uk/saferjourneys

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