The school run

Ways of getting to school

The benefits of walking with children

Walking is a fantastic activity for you and your children.  It’s free, you can be spontaneous and it’s a great way to spend quality time together.

It’s never too early to start walking to school; it’s one of the easiest ways to be physically active.  Getting children walking from a young age is an investment for life, developing road awareness in time for independent walking as a teenager, and creating good habits for an active life as an adult.

Show me the way

Use our journey planner to show you a variety of ways you can get to school.

Some Milton Keynes Schools have an ActiveTravel to School Map, showing the way you can get to school within a 10 minute or 5 minute walking zone, please download a PDF listed below for more information:

If the journey is too far to walk or cycle, look out for places to park and stride, to walk the rest of the journey.

Look out for safe places to cross, to make sure you are taking safer routes.
Look out for bus stops and routes that may enable you to get on board to school.

Cycle to school

Cycling is a great way to get around, get some exercise and reduce the amount of time spent stuck in a car, or on the bus.

Top tips for cycling to school

  • An adult can always accompany younger children and help older kids get used to their route until they’re ready to go it alone.
  • A small backpack is sufficient to carry books and equipment.  To carry more, panniers fitted to a rack on the bike are the best solution.  See if your child’s school provides lockers.
  • Your child should be as visible as possible to other road users and pedestrians.  Lights, reflectors, high visibility clothing and confident road positioning are great ways to do this.  (A white front light and red rear light are legal requirements when cycling in the dark).
  • Although not compulsory, cycle helmets are designed to give protection from a fall and are particularly recommended for young children.  Parents should make that choice for their children.
  • Set a good example and follow the Highway Code.

Ways to get involved

Take part in local cycling events, activities and courses or join one of the many regular cycle rides happening in the area plus national campaigns.

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