Parents give up the car for a day

Pupils at Marine Park First School enjoy a Car Free Day.
Pupils at Marine Park First School enjoy a Car Free Day.

Parents and staff at a Whitley Bay school left their cars behind in a bid to encourage healthy living.

Marine Park First School, in Park Road, held a Car Free Day to encourage pupils, parents and staff to travel more actively to school.

Children who would usually go to the school by car were asked to choose a more sustainable form of transport such as walking, cycling, getting the bus or scooting.

The initiative was organised by Schools Go Smarter, which encourages sustainable travel across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham.

It was supported by North Tyneside Council’s partner Capita, which delivers parking enforcement and bikeability services for the local authority.

The school’s Car Free Day included a visit by the council’s camera car, which uses Automatic Number Plate recognition technology, to detect parking offences outside schools.

Those who had bikes were given the chance for minor repairs to be carried out by Dr Bike.

Details of forthcoming bikeability training sessions for pupils, which helps them learn how to ride a bike or scooter safely, were also given out.

And there was a range of playground and classroom activities themed around transport and travel.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “We are grateful to Schools Go Smarter and the council for their support in promoting healthy, active and safe travel to and from school.”