Why Car Share?In Devon parents "school run" journeys total about 150,000 km a day! With an increasing awareness of climate change, the need to reduce our carbon footprint, and the increasing cost of using a car, families are becoming more interested in car sharing.
This is an effective way to save time and money ,
It will help improve the local environment around the school, reducing congestion and pollution.
At the same time it will help reduce greenhouse gases for everyone's sake , but especially your childrens
How? Many schools are proving successful at promoting it. See what they have to say on our DVD containing interviews with parents,children and staff as well as resources. Contact us for a copy as well as advice and other support if you wish to promote car sharing.
Here are some ideas that have been tried and tested in schools, to help you set up a car-sharing scheme. Do contact your Sustainable School Travel advisor and ask them about support to promote and develop car sharing in your school
Get the Children on your Side:
Do another mapping exercise to see what the current travel situation is and to see who could realistically be car sharing(Contact us for large paper maps or use the GIS). Talk about climate change and what pupils can do to reduce their own carbon footprint. Do some "carbon calculations" for car travel
Get pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 to design their own car sharing leaflets to take home. Children will probably enjoy designing their own leaflets, after a discussion of what they should include, but there is also a template available on our website, if you would prefer to use that (see below). Choose one of the best designs to go out to the rest of the school.
Run a competition to design a poster promoting car sharing. The winning entry/entries could go up around the school and as part of a display in the lobby for parents. Do let us know as we may be able to help with prizes. The winning entry could also go on your website and prospectus when you next update it.
Perhaps just before the launch of your car share register, one class could prepare and perform an assembly for the whole school. A role play on car sharing would go down well!
Take every Opportunity to Advertise Car Sharing to Parents
Make sure you have details ( and advantages ) of car sharing and why you are encouraging car sharing in the pack for new parents. Perhaps include the car share leaflet that went out to parents. Do include car sharing information on your school travel webpages. Discuss car sharing with parents when you show them round the school to introduce them to the idea, as getting parents into good habits early can only be a good thing. Have a car share display in the lobby to remind parents.
Set up a Car Share Register at the School & Introduce Parents to each other
If you are a small school this will be a relatively easy thing to do. Send a questionnaire out to parents, designed by the children, to see who is interested in car sharing and match families up according to post code. Ideally your administrator will oversee the database and keep it up to date. It would be a good idea to physically introduce parents, if they do not know each other. Organise "Car Share Coffee" mornings to introduce parents to each other (again do contact us as we may be able to help). Make a display in the lobby advertising the car share register and encouraging parents to take part.
Provide Information on Child In-Car Safety
It is important that if parents decide to car share they comply with recent changes to legislation regarding child in-car safety. Also provide them with the DCC Guidelines on Car Sharing, which will help them to feel confident about sharing the school run with another family and ensure child safety and security.
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