P5. Physical Activity Inclusion
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 23 December, 2011
Modeshift supports school travel advisors and local authority staff who are the key drivers behind school travel behaviour change by providing guidance, information, knowledge sharing and professional development opportunities.Our members work with all schools in all areas and are sensitive to cultural and socio-economic differences, as well as understanding how these differences can have a bearing on the types of physical activity undertaken and barriers to increased levels of active travel for certain groups.Sustainable school travel is a good way of building exercise into everyday routines in most cases it requires no or little equipment, it generally speaking saves money and can be undertaken to various desgrees by the majority of people. It is one of the most inclusive types of physical activity.Many active travel activities coordinated by our members have addressed inclusion issues by providing bikes and equipment for pupils in lower socio-economic groups who do not have access to a bike of their own. Some inner London schools who have a high proportion of minorities who traditionally have lower levels of walking and cycling have set up cycling clubs (Hackneys Jewish Womens Cycle Club, and the Saturday Family Bike clubs in Newhams new City Primary).Hackneys jewish womens cycle club initiative is tailored according to the womens needs and aims to tackle issues that affect Orthodox Jewish women.We will work to identify best practice in this area of tackling barriers to active travel and support our members to develop bespoke locally specific interventions that address and engage some of the most inactive groups in society.