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

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.