Local school leads the way in travel challenge

Olderfleet Primary School in Larne is taking part in the Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge, which aims to monitor pupils’ travel patterns over a four-week period.

Pupils and parents are being encouraged to move away from private-car use and adopt more environmentally-friendly travel modes such as walking, cycling, buses and trains.

The challenge assists schools in achieving the prestigious and internationally-recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag Award and Translink’s Lynda Shannon said there are many other benefits for those participating.

“Sustainable travel including passenger transport has a big role to play in reducing local carbon emissions.

“It is therefore important that we instil the value of more sustainable lifestyles amongst children from an early age,” she added.

“Walking and cycling to school or even walking to your nearest bus stop or train station also helps children achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity; helping to maintain a healthy weight, boost the immune system and promote self-esteem.”

Carmel Fyfe, Eco-Schools manager for TIDY Northern Ireland said the challenge represented a fantastic opportunity for pupils and parents to adopt more eco-friendly travel habits while learning more about the impact of travel choices on environmental sustainability.

“Participating in the Travel Challenge is also a great way to help schools to achieve the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag and we wish all participating schools success with their Travel Challenges”, she concluded.