YOUNGSTERS in North Tyneside are being urged to travel to and from school by cycle, foot or public transport.
Schools Go Smarter, a Tyne and Wear-wide range of green travel projects targeted at schoolchildren and their families, is being funded by a £5m grant from the Department of Transport.
Among the projects on offer to schools are cycle training for nursery-age children and grants for cycle sheds.
The initiative’s launch at Hadrian Primary School in South Shields was attended by youngsters from both sides of the Tyne, including Joseph Ramsey, a Year 5 pupil at Preston Grange Primary School in North Shields.
South Shields MP David Miliband, also at the launch, said: “Increasing the numbers of green school runs will help the Tyne and Wear economy by reducing traffic jams, improve our environment by cutting pollution and help our children and their parents and carers stay fit and healthy.”
North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley added: “We must continue to do all we can to encourage our young people to travel to school in more sustainable ways.
“It is vital for the future of our children’s health, as well as the future of our environment.
“Leaving the car at home is healthier, safer and greener, and I hope the Schools Go Smarter campaign creates long-lasting changes in the way that children choose to travel to school.”
Schools Go Smarter projects will run until March 2015.
To find out more, go online and pay a visit to www.gosmarter.co.uk