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Kids encouraged to stick to greener travel - 09.07.09

A fun-packed summer challenge inspiring kids to get around the borough using green transport has been launched by the award-winning Smarter Travel Sutton project

Around 13,000 schoolchildren will receive a pack called the Green Travel Tracker, with a diary and the chance to collect stickers if they walk, cycle or use public transport.

The pack will hold details of all the summer's green travel events as well as cool travel facts and competitions.

Smarter Travel Sutton is a three-year, £5m partnership between Sutton Council and Transport for London (TfL) that aims to cut congestion on the borough's roads and promote sustainable transport

The tracker has been delivered to all year 4-8 students, with younger children getting a simpler sticker book. Stickers can be collected at each of the summer's sustainable travel events and sent off to enter into a grand prize draw.

The first event is a fun theatre performance about walking and cycling that will be touring schools throughout July. The MOMO theatre company will be presenting 'Car Less Talk' at 29 schools across the borough, reaching 4,000 infant, primary and secondary age pupils.

After that, there's the Carshalton Environment Fair, Active at the Arena, Walk to School Month, the Summer Uni and loads more activities at the Sutton Ecology Centre. It is hoped that by collecting stickers and recording how they travel, the children can learn how travelling sustainably is better for them and better for the planet.

Last year Sutton became the first London borough to have an approved travel plan in place for every school and boast more than a thousand school bike stands.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"We are taking giant strides in encouraging more children to go to school on foot or by bike, instead of by car, cutting congestion on our roads and improving air quality in the borough.

"This is a great way to explain to children how walking and cycling are good for their health and for the environment too. There's loads of ways to get involved this summer and the tracker gives all the facts in a fun and accessible way. I'm sure it'll be a big hit."

Last updated: Friday, 10 July 2009

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