PUPILS at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple have been working hard to find ways they and their classmates can get to and from school safely. The five members of the school Travel Team were elected by their class and have been meeting since September to lo

PUPILS at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple have been working hard to find ways they and their classmates can get to and from school safely.The five members of the school Travel Team were elected by their class and have been meeting since September to look at ways of improving travel and reduce their "carbon footprint" by promoting walking or cycling.The group was formed after a Devon County Council Travelwise conference last summer.Working with Travel Team leader Dawn Crabb and Police Community Support Officer Hannah Denton, they have tackled issues from parking to road safety and begun a number of travel schemes.The first is a walking bus, supervised by adult volunteers, where children are provided with high visibility jackets and escorted through Whiddon Valley to school, collecting walkers at various "stops" along the way. Parking outside the school has been a problem but the team has raised awareness among parents, encouraging them to park in the correct areas or to leave the car at home.They have just released a travel leaflet for children and parents, produced free of charge by Toptown Printers and including a cycle competition, with a helmet donated by Bike It.Future steps include a road safety document for pupils as well as cycling proficiency courses, to be run by PCSO Denton and a police colleague."The five who were elected have displayed great awareness and responsibility," said Dawn Crabb."They have been very pro-active with their team and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved so far, especially the leaflet.