The Transport Planning Society and Living Streets have today (Monday 7th September) launched a poster competition for primary school children to help improve the future of transport.

Children from anywhere in the UK, aged between 4 and 11, are invited to design and send in posters showing environmentally friendly ways to travel to school.

The winning poster will be showcased at this year’s Transport Planning Day event on 16th November, as well as being published in an e-book. The winner will also receive a prize and a separate gift for their school.

The competition will run for four weeks and close on Monday 5th October. Entries can be made by the Transport Planning Society website.

Greener School Run

The competition is being run by the Transport Planning Society (TPS), the professional body for transport planners in the UK, and Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

The competition is part of the TPS’s Transport Planning Day campaign, which raises the profile of transport planning and its role in changing people's lives.

This year’s campaign focuses on the role of transport planners in tackling climate change and creating a sustainable, healthy future.

Stephen Bennett, Chair of the Transport Planning Society, commented:

“With more children back in school after such a long break, we’re delighted to be launching this competition today. We are giving a stage for young people to share their ideas for creating a sustainable future.

“By inviting children to take part in this competition, we are encouraging them to learn about environmentally friendly ways to travel and inspire the transport planners of the future.

“The transport sector is unfortunately now the leading source of carbon pollution, and these posters will spur on young transport planners to help meet the government’s net-zero target. We are really excited to see how children would plan a greener school run.”

We work with pupils in over 2,000 schools across the UK and know many of them are incredibly passionate about protecting our planet. We also know children understand that how we choose to get around plays a key part in tackling the climate emergency. Transport planning built around green and sustainable forms of travel, like walking and cycling, will be vital for our future. We hope this poster competition can harness children’s passion for our planet and their ideas for a greener future for transport.

Tanya Braun, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets