Children and parents are being urged to put their best foot forward and walk to school.
Not only is it healthier as it helps keep you fit, but it is better for the environment by cutting down on pollution and it is educational – children can learn to use the roads safely and responsibly. It is also less stressful than driving and can help you save money!
If you live too far away from the school to walk the whole journey, why not park away and walk the last five or ten minutes. This will assist with keeping the school gates clear of congestion at the beginning and end of the school day.
Some schools arrange a Walk to School event during walk to school month in October. If you would like your school to participate, why not speak to them and encourage them to organise an event.
The council’s executive board member for environment, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Walking to school benefits pupils, parents, the school and the local community in a variety of ways. Not only is it fun and a great opportunity for some regular exercise, it helps reduce traffic congestion, improves air quality and often children arrive at school more alert and on time.”
Set yourself a challenge to walk your child/children to and from school for as many days as possible during October or at least once a week for a term or the year and track your progress by downloading our record cards on our website.
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