Come and join us for Walking Wednesdays…

Forecast says sunshine for Wednesday. Do come and join us either at Wigwam or the Lido. Perfect opportunity to chat to other parents AND get some exercise all before school. And the stronger our walking bus gets, the more likely we’ll be able to formalise it with DBS accredited volunteers! Come and join us.

Walking Wednesdays – starting Wednesday 16th June

We are delighted to announce our walking buses will now take place every Wednesday starting this coming Wednesay 16th June. The walking buses are socially distanced crocodile lines that start at Brockwell Park Lido & Wigwam toyshop and families can join the lines at various ‘stops’ on the way. It’s a great opportunity to be social & active on the way to school, giving people the opportunity to meet local families across different classes and years.

There is parking at the beginning of the routes so those who live further away from the school can “park and stride”, keeping harmful vehicle pollution away from the school.

The routes & times are below – look out for a family with the “Rosendale Walking Bus” sign & join in! Buses will arrive at school in time for first drop off.

Route 1 from Brockwell Park Lido
Stop 1 – 8.20 Brockwell Park Lido car park
Stop 2 – 8.30 Brockwell Park/Rosendale road gate
Stop 3 – 8.35 Rosendale/ Harwarden Grove
Stop 4 – 8.40 Arrive Rosendale road gates

Route 2 from Wigwam Toyshop, Rosendale road
Stop 1 – 8.20 Wigwam Toyshop, Rosendale road
Stop 2 – 8.25 Rosendale/Carson road north
Stop 3 – 8.30 Rosendale road/ Walkerscroft Mead
Stop 4 – 8.35 Rosendale road/Lovelace road
Stop 5 – 8.40 Arrive Rosendale/Turney junction

If you would like more information on how to travel actively to school please see our blog post with information on healthy routes to schools as well as our resources to start cycling here.

Walking Bus Success!

Thank you to all those who joined our Walking Buses on Wednesday and particularly to governor Mark Creelman and parent Zoe Rippon who led them. Despite the rain it was surprising how much the children and adults enjoyed being social and active together with the opportunity to chat to those in different classes and year groups on the way to school.  Those who lived further away parked in the ‘Park and Stride’ locations at the beginning of the routes (at Brockwell Park Lido and Wigwam toyshop) and joined in the fun whilst keeping vehicle pollution away from the school. It was such a success it hit the headlines in this news piece!

We hope to be able to have regular Walking Buses so watch this space.  Please see photos below and on our twitter page – well done again to everyone who took part. Our thanks also to Katie at WigWam toyshop for advertising the route.

Click here to learn more about air pollution at Rosendale and sign up to follow our blog (below) and twitter for a chance to win a bottle of champagne & free bike accessories!

Brockwell Park Lido – our walking bus assembled at the start of the route.

Brockwell park route – striding across the park

Brockwell Park route – more striding across the park!
New joiners hopped on board at Brockwell park/Rosendale road gate
Brockwell Park route – headed up Rosendale road
Brockwell Park route – making it’s way up Rosendale road to school
Wigwam route – our walkers assembled outside Wigwam toyshop, on Rosendale road
Parents, kids & dogs battling the rain up Rosendale road.
More joiners hopped on board at Carson road

Our valiant Wigwam bus leaders!

The Wigwam route arrives at school

Prize draw! Bike accessories and champagne…

We want to celebrate how well our Walk To School Week is going, so we’ve arranged a lucky dip with local businesses. All you need to do is sign up to our blog via email (bottom of this page), or follow our twitter account and you’ll be entered into the prize draw! We’ll pull lucky names out of the hat next Friday, May 28th.

The lucky dip: there’s an array of playground padlocks, these are small padlocks that are suitable for children’s bikes, LED bike lights for the front and back of children’s bikes, some children’s biking t-shirts and useful little rucksacks. Peddle My Wheels, a circular economy business that is trying to make cycling affordable for everyone, kindly donated these. 

PLUS a bottle of Champagne! From local wine shop, Wild+Lees

We’ll be in touch if you’ve won, next Friday. Good luck!

Join our walking buses – Wednesday 19th May

To celebrate our Walk To School Week, and make it easier for parents, we are having a Walking Bus tomorrow, Wednesday 19th May. A walking bus is a when a group of children are walked from one place to another. There are bus stops along the way, where children can join. 

If it’s a regular walking bus, the idea is that not all parents need to go with the children each day. Instead they take it in turns, ensuring there are a safe number of kids per adult. This way, parents are freed up some days of the week.

We would love to have regular walking buses, but until then, we are doing a one off with all adults and children. Please join us! It’s a great chance to let your kids be sociable before school, and for you to chat to fellow parents. If you’re interested in doing a walking bus more frequently, please email us with your postcode, and we’ll matchmake interested parents. Email: cleanair.rosendale@gmail.com.

There are two routes, one from Brockwell Park Lido, the other from Wigwam, the toyshop on Rosendale Road. These first stops are our suggested Park & Stride locations, so those who need to drive can join in too, at the same time as keeping pollution away from the school.

Buses will arrive at school in time for first drop off.

Route 1 from Brockwell Park Lido

Stop 1 – 8.20 Brockwell Park Lido car park

Stop 2 – 8.30 Brockwell Park/Rosendale road gate

Stop 3 – 8.35 Rosendale/ Harwarden Grove

Stop 4 – 8.40 Arrive Rosendale road gates

Route 2 from Wigwam Toyshop, Rosendale road

Stop 1 – 8.20 Wigwam Toyshop, Rosendale road

Stop 2 – 8.25 Rosendale/Carson road north

Stop 3 – 8.30 Rosendale road/ Walkerscroft Mead

Stop 4 – 8.35 Rosendale road/Lovelace road

Stop 5 – 8.40 Arrive Rosendale/Turney junction

Please join the walking buses at your nearest stop. You will see our walking champions with signs leading the buses so please hop on board!

Welcome to Rosendale’s Walk To School Week!

We can’t wait to see children and parents walking, scooting and cycling to school, and enjoying the benefits! 

Did you know:

Walking to school is good for your child’s physical health?

Walking to school makes your child happy?

Walking to school helps your child’s brain work better?

Walking to school makes our streets safer and less polluted?

By not using our cars, we’re reducing the level of pollution our children breathe. Children are more vulnerable to air pollution, as their lungs are still developing, they breathe more deeply and more frequently than adults and they are closer to car exhausts. Air pollution is linked to asthma and stunted lung growth in children. Even if the health impact of pollution is not obvious now, we know air pollution is storing up serious health issues for our children as they grow.

At the moment research shows children on the school run are exposed to five times the level of normal air pollution, because school run traffic – which follows the same routes as children walking to school – accounts for a 25% of rush hour traffic. By walking, scooting and cycling to school we are driving less and keeping air pollution away from all our children. 

According to a report  by the Mayor of London in 2018, Lambeth has one of the worst levels of air pollution in London. To find out about air quality around Rosendale go to this blog page, or for pollution information on where you live, have a look at this website.

We really hope you enjoy the benefits of walking, cycling or scooting this week!