Active Autumn Family Fun Day 2018

The Active Family Fun Day gave families the opportunity to visit some of the lovely countryside around the Sprotbrough Lock area of Doncaster, showcasing the newly resurfaced section of the Trans Pennine Trail

Whilst visiting the area families were encouraged to get involved in exciting activities including circus skills workshops, a treasure hunt, face painting, Dr Bike bicycle safety checks, bling your bike competition, riverside family bike ride and group walk led by local TV celebrity Andrew White

Schools Active Travel Awards 2019

The Schools Active Travel Awards is an event that rewards schools in their promotion of Active Travel. The awards ceremony celebrates schools that use innovative ideas to get more people walking, scooting and cycling to school. Doncaster Council understands the importance of having schools on board to tackle levels of inactivity and rising levels of poor air quality, therefore the event gives recognition to those schools that tackle these issues head on.

Schools Yorkshire Tour Host 2019

The Schools' Yorkshire Tour is a large-scale cycle baton relay aimed at primary, secondary and SEND schools across Yorkshire. It has been developed by eleven Local Authorities and various partners. The aim of the Schools' Yorkshire Tour is to encourage more young people to take up cycling, promoting cycling as a fun, every day method of transport. Doncaster Council would like to increase the number of pupils cycling to school. By promoting an active lifestyle and improving the quality of air outside of schools across the region reducing levels of congestion on our roads.

The led ride element of the Schools Yorkshire Tour is aimed at increasing the number of children involved in cycling across the region. The event had over 1000 children taking part in the cycle relay across Yorkshire in 2019 with over 120 of those from Doncaster schools.

The final leg of the relay saw 20 Doncaster school children cycle the baton back to Sir Nigel Gresley Square where they were greeted by schools who had taken part in the event across the county. Following this, they were treated to a stunt show display and got to take part in various cycling activities in a safe, traffic free environment on Waterdale.

Clean Air Day 2019 – West Road Primary School Road Closure

Air Pollution affects children's health from the first breath they take, as the damage to our health can start when we are a baby and carry on through into old age. For instance, exposure to air pollution can affect children's lung development and in areas of high air pollution, it could be setting some children up for health problems throughout their lives. (Clean Air Day, 2019).

Taking this into consideration Doncaster Active Travel Alliance allocated funding to hold a Street Play Road Closure event outside a local school. The main aim was to promote changes families can make to mitigate against their exposure to car emissions during the journey to and from school, focusing on how leaving the car at home and choosing an active travel mode such as walking, cycling or scooting can make a big difference.

During the morning school drop off we saw many families walking, cycling or scooting to school with the added benefit of a quiet, traffic free road leading them in to the school gates. There was an overall sense of community spirit with many parents commenting positively to the head teacher about the road closure.

444 children at West Road Primary School took part in the activities throughout the day.

In order to bring to life the street play for pupils at West Road Primary several activities were arranged:

  • Learn to ride
  • Scooter Skills
  • Smoothie Bike
  • Virtual Velodrome
  • Circus Skills

Dr Bike also attend to service the children's bikes and the Communities Team stamped 86 bikes with smart water.

Following the Clean Air Day event, a drone picture of the school children and staff marking out "we love clean air" was taken which is to be displayed outside the school as a permanent reminder from the children of the importance of clean air.