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Our growing use of cars has a variety of environmental, social and health consequences. Some are highly visible and directly relevant to everyday life. For example, accident statistics show that our roads are dangerous, while traffic congestion has adverse effects on our health and well-being. Other impacts are less immediately obvious but no less important. For example, the gases and chemicals released by engines make a large contribution to global warming and air pollution. Indeed climate change is fast becoming the greatest challenge we face in the coming century.

Sustainable transport refers to any means of transport which reduces fuel consumption, pollution and car use. This includes cycling, rail and bus transport, walking or car-pooling.

Walking and cycling are excellent forms of physical activity and the journey to school can make an important contribution to increasing these activity levels. Walking and cycling can help children to gain confidence and make friends, helping both to increase independence and traffic sense. Schools should consider running campaigns to encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.