Watermore Primary School

Our school promotes walking and cycling because…

It helps keep our students fitter and healthy and research shows being active can help students concentrate better and increase their levels of achievement.

By walking or cycling our school community can help reduce the number of vehicles on the road making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists and easier for local residents.  It also reduces the pollution caused from exhaust fumes helping combat climate change and create cleaner air.

You can view a copy of our Active Travel Policy



  1. Cleaner air – reducing cars helps reduce air pollution around the school gates.
  2. Helps tackle climate change – by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
  3. Students are healthier and fitter
  4. Helps students unwind at the end of the day – walking or cycling home gives them time to think.
  5. Improves concentration – studies have shown that students who are active are ready to learn and do better in their studies.
  6. Gives students more independence – walking or cycling without parents helps them develop skills for independent living when they are adults.
  7. Reduces congestion – as there are less cars on the road, making it more pleasant environment for everyone.
  8. Quicker than sitting in traffic
  9. Improves road safety at the school gates – because there is reduced traffic and parked cars.
  10. It’s cheaper to walk or cycle – as it saves on fuel.

We have an Active Travel Map which details 5 and 10 minute walking and cycling zones around the school. You may wish to use this map to help plan your journey.


Further resources:


TravelWest – Journey planning and advice on travelling around the South West. 

Living Streets – Parent toolkits, activity resources and advice on walking more every day.

Sustrans – The Charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. The work we're doing creates healthier places and happier people.

How to correctly fit a bike helmet: - https://www.sustrans.org.uk/media/7781/btsw-resources_helmetcheck_eng.pdf

FREE 1:1 Adult Cycle training for all staff and parents - to book an individual lesson call 01454 863 526, or email: cycle_training@southglos.gov.uk

These downloadable maps detail on-road and traffic-free cycleways across South Gloucestershire. They’re good for getting a general sense of the cycle options in your neighbourhood without planning a specific route. (https://betterbybike.info/maps-and-guides/regional-cycle-maps/#south-gloucestershire)