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Exploring Active Travel across Portobello, Brunstane, Duddingston, Joppa, Mountcastle, Northfield and Willowbrae

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About Active Streets

The neighbourhoods surrounding Portobello High School, Edinburgh, have huge potential for more participation in active travel.

Active Streets is a chance for us to speak to Primary and Secondary school children across the area about how we can all become more active in our communities. We also invite local community members of all ages to have their say on the challenges and opportunities for making more sustainable everyday journeys.

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What is Active Travel?

Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, like walking, wheeling and cycling.

There are all sorts of everyday journeys you can make by active travel, like walking with the children to school or cycling to work.

Active travel has lots of benefits for our health and wellbeing, and can help to improve the quality of our places by reducing traffic and pollution.

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Do you live here?
We want to hear from you!

How to get involved

We've designed six different ways for people across the project area to take part and share their experiences of active travel as part of their everyday journeys.

We know that things are a bit different for everyone at the moment. Young people are not learning at school and many parents and carers are spending more time at home, alongside extra pressure at their jobs.

To make sure as many people can take part in this project in their own time and at their own pace, we've used lots of different tools and approaches. Some of these involve using crafts and creativity. Some involve working with remote communication technology to bring us together virtually while still staying safe. Some take just a few minutes to take part in, while some could involve you taking lots of time to respond with creative ideas and input.

You can read more about all six of these engagement activities below. Each activity gives information on what tools and resources you might need to take part age groups they are designed for. If you have any questions about any of them or need any support to access them, you can get in touch by email.

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Activity 1

Print at Home Activity Pack

Primary School learners
Paper and craft materials, Camera or scanner

Get your pens and pencils ready!

Aimed at primary school learners, this activity pack has worksheets ready to print at home.

When you fill in answers or draw something, we would love if you send us a photo of your work!

If you are not able to print this activity pack at home, then please email us and we can arrange to have it sent out to you by mail.

Click here to download our pdf activity pack
Activity 2

Youth Active Travel Survey

Primary and Secondary School learners
Desktop, laptop, tablet or Mobile

This short online questionnaire can be completed on most devices and should take around 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

We want to hear from young people at both primary and secondary school about their experiences of active travel as part of their journeys to school.

Click here to take our Youth Active Travel Survey
Activity 3

Digital Travel to School Activity

Older Primary and Secondary School learners
Desktop or laptop

Join Charlie, Bella and Sam on their journeys to school using Google Earth. Along each journey, you will come across three stops, with a chance to share your experience and opinions about how you get to school and what would help you feel happy and safe walking, wheeling and cycling to school.

This activity works best on a desktop or laptop using Chrome or Firefox.

Click here to take part in our Digital Travel to School Activity
Activity 4

Crafting Challenge

People of all ages
Craft materials, Camera

Share with us how you get to school using objects from your home.

Whether you want to make a bicycle out of pasta, a scooter from milk cartons or a pedestrian with pillowcases!

Create your very own craft project or model and send us a photo of your work!

Learn more about our Crafting Challenge
Activity 5

Minecraft Creativity Activity

Older Primary and Secondary School learners
Desktop, laptop, mobile or games console

We've created a digital version of the area around Portobello High School in Minecraft, the hugely popular video game.

This is a place for young people to say more about their experiences of travelling to school, to get creative and work together to build ideas for improvements that will make active travel options easier for everyone.

Learn more about our Minecraft Creativity Activity
Activity 6

YouTube Live Virtual School Run

People of all ages
Desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile or smart television

Join us on YouTube Live and share your experiences of routes around each of the schools across the area.

We will be using Google Maps and Streetview to navigate the way and inviting local parents, carers, and young people to tell us more about the roads, paths and junctions that we encounter.

This is a chance to learn more about the next steps of the Active Streets Project

Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm

Set a reminder for our YouTube Live Virtual School Run #1

Friday 22nd May at 3pm

Set a reminder for our YouTube Live Virtual School Run #2

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