A PIONEERING special needs school is trying to cut car journeys.
Longley School, just outside Huddersfield town centre, has produced a travel plan to encourage pupils to walk or cycle.
It is the first special needs school in Kirklees to come up with such a blueprint.
Children are being given road safety and cycling training and the school will spend money on a bike shed.
Eighty-five schools in Kirklees have produced travel plans, which entitle them to a Government grant of up to £10,000 for paths, bike storage, waiting shelters or improved lighting.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for green services, Clr Martyn Bolt, believes it is good for children to get out of the car.
He said: “As a child I enjoyed walking or cycling to school because it gave me a chance to meet friends and have fun.
“Before school it was a good way of making sure I was awake and after class it was a way to let off steam.
“I hope we can all work together to make sure the children of today have the same opportunity I had.”
Clr Jim Dodds, Cabinet member for children and young people, agrees. He said: “The formative years are not only about educating the mind, but also about developing a healthy lifestyle from an early age.
“We want to encourage parents to leave their cars at home and allow their children to experience some independence with a good safe route to school.”