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Grants & Funding
Since 2003 the government have been committed to reducing the number of vehicles on the UK’s roads by investing in alternative transport. One alternative they are investing in is to encourage children to cycle to school.
Every school in England is entitled to funding towards cycle parking at their school. To apply for these, schools will need to contact their local council or department of transport and submit a School Travel Plan.
Applying for funding
In order to successfully gain access to cycle shelter funding, schools must have a travel plan in place. School travel plans must fulfil a set criteria that your local authority will assess your application for funding. As a rough guide your school travel plan should contain the following:
• School name, address, number of pupils
• Type of school
• Age range of pupils
• Description of the schools location and local community
• DfES number
• No. of staff
• School opening times
• Why are you setting up a travel plan?
• Issues raised as a result of your surveys?
• Travel needs of staff and visitors
• Extracurricular activity outside school opening hours?
• Date of survey
• No. of respondents
• Survey example
• Current methods of transport
• Information on those currently using public transport/school bus etc
Note: you must also include all evidence of the surveys
An Action Plan
What is your main aim for this travel plan, and how it will effect congestion, parking etc also include how you aim to achieve these targets.
Your travel plan will need to include date for reviews and updates to the travel plan. You will need to carry out additional student surveys.
Your local authority employ advisors to help you create your school travel plan and assist you throughout the process. You can contact your local advisor through your local council website or simply visit Sustrans