IPoP- Institute for spatial policies, is developing a new initiative which encourages children to live healthy lifestyles. Many elementary school children do not spend enough time outside and several organisations are working together to show how important it is to create active routes to school to stimulate the health, independence and social development of children. The initiative provides minimum recommendations the amount of physical activity children require and promotes education about road safety and sustainable development.
“Personal and social circumstances in the family, the spatial properties of the neighborhood and policies of schools and municipalities all have an impact on the mobility of children. The programme Zdrav šolar (healthy pupil) promotes active school travel and encourages pupils’ independence and a healthy lifestyle in an interesting and engaging way. Different autonomous school travel activities are being tested locations across Slovenia. In Ljubljana and Nova Gorica, it is the walking bus, where parents or other volunteers accompany children to school. In Ljubljana, IPoP is also testing accompanied cycle trips to school made by children – biketrain. In Maribor, the organisation is performing the transport of school meals from the food cooperative to schools with cargo bikes. In Izola and Koper, pupils are developing their cycling skills. They learn cycling technics, traffic rules and get tips on cycling culture, and how to avoid cycling traps.” (IPoP)
Partners in the project are Društvo Focus, Društvo Gekolina, Ljubljanska kolesarska mreža, Slovenska zveza za javno zdravje – SZOTK, Zavod Eko – Humanitatis, Studio 12 and Mariborska kolesarska mreža togerther with IPoP- Institute for spacial policies.