Independent Travel Training (ITT) provides tailored and practical help in learning to travel via public transport, on foot or by bicycle. The programme aims to help people travel in a safe and independent way to their place of employment or education, or to leisure venues.
Travel training is about gaining the confidence to use public transport, demonstrating road safety awareness and ensuring people are able to travel by themselves without confusion or anxiety. ITT involves being taken on practical journeys by a travel trainer who highlights important aspects of travel, and the rules of road safety, personal safety and what to do if lost or anxious. Travel training is a gradual process, and finishes with unaccompanied journeys.
All travel training is flexible and person-centred, so throughout the training process the various elements will be monitored and reviewed, and can be changed to suit individual needs. The aim is to prepare individuals for safer and more confident engagement with the community by encouraging independent yet considerate interaction with others. Safety is a key issue, but also tolerance and an enjoyment of the journey and what the community might offer.
Middlesbrough Council's Independent Travel Training programme is supported by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).