With a little thought and planning the journey between home and school can be a positive experience for you and your child. Avoid the stress of being stuck in traffic jams by encouraging your child to walk or cycle to and from school to increase physical activity, improve health, child safety and reduce pollution levels.
Ask your school about pedestrian training, cycle proficiency or the Bikeability on-road cycle training.
If you can't walk or cycle....you can still help to reduce car use. You may live too far away or may be going straight onto work.
However, a car sharing scheme may be possible or parking your car 5 minutes away from the school and walking your children from there.
Where walking/cycling is not possible, please consider public transport before using the family car on the school run, public transport is miles better for the environment and cuts down on traffic and pollution.
Many secondary school pupils travel to school by public transport and the journey to a new school is often the first step your child will take toward independent travel; Bus services provide a safe and reliable way to get to school. Instead of giving your child a lift all the way to school why not consider dropping off at a bus stop or train station so that your child can continue their journey by public transport with friends?
All pupils in full time education are entitled to purchase a weekly School Plus Metro Card or for those occasional bus users pay half fare on public transport; please contact Metro for more information. Bus services run to or close by many local secondary and primary schools. To find out which buses serve your school and get up to date information on school travel please visit the Generation M website.
Bradford Council is committed to reducing car travel which is a major source of pollution and congestion around school gates and encourages schools to produce a School Travel Plan setting out their commitment to sustainable school travel.
Please ask your headteacher for more information on your School's Travel Plan
Your child needs you to show them the way to sustainability. Reduce your car use and improve their quality of life.
Please use the alphabetical list of maps to browse the areas around your chosen school/s. The maps will show you where the bus stops are along with crossing points, cycle lanes and traffic calmed streets.
Your child may be entitled to a free bus pass allowing him/her to travel to and from school free of charge if he/she is:
Your child may qualify for free school travel because you are on a low income and your child is:
Pupils who qualify for free home to school transport are usually provided with a free (zero fare) pass or boarding card to use on dedicated school bus services or public transport.
To apply for a free pass you must complete an application form, available from the School Travel Service by visiting the Home to School Travel page.
If your child does not qualify for free travel you may be able to purchase a travel pass or boarding card from Metro. Further details on all concessionary fares and bus routes are available from Metro.
If your child has a statement of Special Educational Needs, and or a disability or temporary medical condition and is unable to walk to school, you may qualify for free school travel from the Council. Special Needs Transport is arranged through The School Travel Service.
Further information on home to school travel or advice for applying for free travel can be found in the Home to School Travel Policy.