Well, I had a suspicion that our bike riders and scooters had dropped in number and I was correct. The hands up survey today unfortunately confirmed that. Although the number of students who said that they rode or scooted was less than the number of bikes and scooters in the compound! We had 44 student say that they came to school by bike or scooter but had 51 bikes and scooters in the compound! Overall there was very little difference in the percentage of active travel vs car travel. This is pleasing in one way but disappointing that our activities this year have not made any significant difference in student behaviour.
One factor that needs to be taken into consideration is that we are currently running a reward project for those who ride regularly. They collect a stamp every day that they ride and once they get 12 stamps over a 3 week period they can go on an excursion on their bikes in the park next door and get given lunch. This is only the first week of collecting stamps.
I will repeat the Hands Up survey in week 8, after the project has finished and before the reward activity to see if there has been any impact. Two other things that will impact the data in week 8 we will have no year 11 students (they will have finished for the year) and we are sending out a survey for parents to complete next week. I am hoping that prompting parents to think about how they got to school may help them encourage their children to come to school more actively. My fingers are crossed!
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