Greener journeys to school

We can help you to choose more sustainable ways of going from school to home and back again.

Parking around schools is a big problems for all schools in MK. We want to encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school instead. These are more sustainable and healthier options for children and they help to build a relationship with these greener ways of travelling from an early age.

How we can help you

School Travel Plans

This is a bespoke plan to show the alternative ways of travelling between home and school for pupils in the local area. It includes all the transport options available for pupils, staff and visitors like walking, cycling, scooting or using a bus or car sharing.

Encouraging these different ways of getting to a school will help reduce parking issues at drop off and pick up times, raise awareness of road safety, reduce carbon emissions and helps to build a lifelong relationship with sustainable transport choices and environmental impacts.

The STARS programme

The Modeshift STARS programme is an online school travel plan monitoring system, making it easier for schools to develop, monitor and review their travel plans.

It is a national school award scheme that was created to recognise those schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

At a basic level the system allows you to capture:

  • Basic school information for your STP
  • Issues surrounding travel to your school
  • A site audit
  • Travel survey data
  • Targets
  • Action plan to promote sustainable travel
  • Monitoring actions

The STARS system is free for schools in Milton Keynes to use. Support in using the system can be provided by us.

For more information and help using STARS please contact us at: travelplans@milton-keynes.gov.uk 

More information about STARS can be found on the website modeshiftstars.org


Other initiatives

  • Bikeability training - replacing the cycling proficiency scheme, this is free, learn to ride training and is available through the council to all MK pupils in years 5 to 7. Contact the Cycling team for more information at cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk  or call 01908 252353.
  • Park and Walk – parking away from the school gate and walking the remainder of the way to school. Schools could identify and liaise with car park holders in the local areas and negotiate the use of the car park for school pick up and drop off time.
  • Walk to School Week and Walk to School Month– both are national campaigns aimed to encourage more pupils (and parents) to walk to school. The campaign is run by the sustainable charity www.livingstreets.org.uk

For information about road safety initiatives for your school please visit: Road Safety for Schools

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy

All local authorities have a duty to promote sustainable travel to school. Our Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMOTS) outlines how MK Council are doing our bit. Our SMOTS can be found here: Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (PDF, 692KB).  

Useful links
To help you with your School Travel Plan:

Last Updated: 3 September 2020