Walk to school projects
We are working alongside Living Streets, the charity for everyday walking, offering support and resources to encourage walking to school.
Why do we need to encourage walking to school?
- Happier healthier children: Walking to school provides children (and their grown-ups!) with regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. What’s more, evidence shows that an active journey to school helps children arrive alert and ready to learn.
- Less congestion: During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. Fewer cars at the school gates will create safer streets for all families travelling in as well as improve relations with local residents.
- Cleaner air: Poor air quality affects people’s health and damages the environment. One of the main sources of pollutants is road traffic – which includes cars on the school run. Walking to school is one way to help clean up the air around the school gates.
What is available for primary schools?
WOW – Living Streets year-round walk to school challenge – encourages children and their families to travel actively and sustainably (walk, cycle or park and stride) at least once a week. At the end of each month, children who achieve this are rewarded with a badge.
What is available for secondary schools?
Living Streets Next Steps for Secondary Schools encourages incoming Year 7s to think about how they will travel to their new school and highlights the benefits of doing so actively. Next Steps is delivered in two stages – engagement with Year 6 students on their new school’s Transitions Day and again in the autumn term when they become Year 7s.
For more information use the contact details below to get in touch with Katie France, your local Living Streets Coordinator:
Ring on: 07808 640 305
Send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org