Safe School Travel

Safe School Travel Tips

Whether children walk, ride a school bus, or ride a bike to school, here are some tips to help them get safely to and from school:

  • However your child travels to school, please reminder your son/daughter that they should not to talk to strangers
  • If your son/daughter walks to school, please remind them not to walk in the road.
  • If your child cycles to school, make sure he or she wears a helmet and bright, light-coloured clothing.
  • If you drop your son/daughter to school in a car, please park in a side road to avoid road congestion and double parking.
  • If your son/daughter gets the bus to school they should sit quietly and listen to the TFL audible announcement system.

If you drive your son/daughter to:

  • Watch for children in and around school zones.
  • Obey school zone speed limits.
  • Watch for children exiting buses.
  • Watch for children on bicycles.


STARS at TfL's accreditation scheme for schools, nurseries and colleges. It's deigned to inspire young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing active travel behaviours like walking, scooting and cycling.

It aims to improve pupils' wellbeing as well as reducing congestion at the school gates and improving road safety and air quality, at STARS Award benefits the College in the following ways:

  • demonstrates a commitment to effective security and risk management within schoool
  • demonstrates a commitment to the empowerment of Lewisham's young people
  • develops stronger links with local agencies like the police, fire service and youth group organisations.

Why is this important and what are the benefits?

In the past 10 years physical activity during leisure time has increased slightly in London, while transport to school, work and domestic-related physical activity has declined. It’s reported that 1.5 million Londoners are classified as inactive. Inactivity in London is becoming more troubling as current technology and the reliance on motor vehicles continue to reduce the need for light activities that provide opportunities for physical movement. Fewer than 20% of Londoners walk or cycle to work and only 54% of children walk or cycle to school.