PUPILS across Hillingdon are being encouraged to ditch the car drop-off and complete their journey to and from schoolby other means.

Hillingdon Council’s school travel and road safety education team is hosting its first active travel movement campaign this year.  

Schools are being asked to show their dedication to take part in events, like Walk to School Month this October. 

The campaign aims to reduce reliance on car journeys, while improving the physical and mental wellbeing of youngsters by encouraging more walking, cycling and scooting. 

Schools are being encouraged to share their active travel journeys across social media to inspire others to do the same, using #ActiveTravelMovementHillingdon. 

Younger pupils are being invited to enter a competition by drawing a picture of themselves actively travelling to school.

Those in Key Stage 1 and 2 are invited to design their own road safety invention. It could be the next ‘cat’s eyes’ or ‘zebra crossing’. 

Entries need to be submitted before Tuesday, October 31. The winners will receive a digital re-creation of their artwork or invention and an Amazon gift card. 

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, said: “It’s brilliant to see the future generation doing their bit to help reduce unnecessary, short car journeys while also keeping healthy and active.” 

To find out more about the competitions, email stars@hillingdon.gov.uk