Junior travel ambassadors meet the Mayor of London

Junior travel ambassadors stand with mayor sadiq khan cllr kevin davis leader of the council and cllr terry paton deputy leader of the council

Four students have been awarded the Junior Travel Ambassador of the Year for their work in promoting and encouraging more students to walk and cycle to and from school.

The Year 6 students from The Federation of St Elphege’s Catholic School were the winners of the 2016-17 Junior Travel Ambassador programme for Kingston and Sutton.

And on Tuesday they received their award on the same day Mayor Sadiq Khan was visiting Kingston as part of a tour of Go Cycle schemes in the borough.

The Mayor met the group as they took part in an active travel day taking part in a ride along the recently completed Go Cycle Portsmouth Road route.

The winning school was among 69 schools in Kingston and Sutton that have Junior Travel Ambassadors.

Students Nitisha Michael, Joshua Madiaga, Olivia Child and Luke Doyle won their award for their efforts in increasing the number of students walking, cycling or scooting to school by four percent between October and June.

Their teacher and sustainability co-ordinator Emily Flintan said: “The Junior Travel Ambassadors have been working exceptionally hard. They have led multiple assemblies about the benefits of walking to school. The children have held meetings with both staff and children and arranged competitions to promote active travel. They are currently running a “design your own bike helmet” competition.”

She said the students also run the school’s travel tracker website and announce the winners each month in the school newsletter.

“I am so proud of the children and how hard they have worked this year. Their enthusiasm has never ceased,” Ms Flintan said.

The Junior Travel Ambassador programme is part of a Transport for London initiative to educate students about the benefits of active travel.

Each year a school in each borough is selected for the Junior Travel Ambassador of the Year award for their efforts in promoting active travel. This year’s award was selected by the Kingston and Sutton Council’s shared service sustainable cycling team.

You can find out more about the Junior Travel Ambassador programme by visiting the Transport for London website.

Notes to editors

Go Cycle is a £30 million investment by Transport for London and the Mayor of London to improve walking and cycling routes, and revitalise public spaces in the borough. There are 10 routes across Kingston. The first route to be opened was Portsmouth Road.