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Sustrans Scotland has announced £1.5 million in funding for schemes to improve the safety of routes to school for children who walk, cycle, scoot or skate.

The charity has published the application information for the 2015/16 Safer Routes to Schools Programme, to which local authorities and statutory bodies can directly apply from August 10.

Safer Routes to Schools is a grant scheme for active travel infrastructure associated with school travel, which is administered by Sustrans Scotland and funded by Transport Scotland.

Commenting John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be launching another year of the Safer Routes to School Programme. We’re looking for schemes that tackle the school run by creating safe, attractive routes for children choosing to walk, cycle, scoot or skate to school. I’d encourage local authorities and statutory bodies to give early consideration to projects that achieve this.

“Encouraging active travel from a young age means Scotland’s children are more likely to develop good habits that will be continued later in life. This is good news as the evidence shows that increased physical activity can help us lead healthier – and happier – lives.

“Over 50 per cent of children are already travelling actively to school. We want to see this increase over the coming years to improve physical activity levels and meet our ambitions for cycling and walking. By working in partnership with schools and local authorities, I am confident that we can achieve higher levels of active travel amongst our school children.”

Further information can be found online at https://sustranscommunitylinks.wordpress.com/saferroutestoschools/