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Walk to School Week

16 - 20 May 2016

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Walking is a great way for younger children to learn and explore the area they live in and a great way to strike up conversations while enjoying the outdoors.

By 2050 it is predicted that 70 per cent of girls and 55 per cent of boys will be overweight, but a short walk each day is easy, free and good for your health.

If you think your child may be ready to walk to school by themselves there are some great tips on making sure they safe here. Allowing children to get to school on their own or with friends increases their confidence and independence. 

You can download a free poster template and a list of ideas on how to get involved by clicking on the links to the right. 

Stay safe

When walking to school make sure you can all be seen. Ideally, wear fluorescent, high visibility clothing during the day and reflective material when it’s dark it is important that other path and road users can see you.  Be safe be seen.

If using a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians watch out for people on bikes. Always walk to one side and say thanks if a cyclist moves for you.

Did you know?

  • children who walk to school are healthier, fitter and more independent and have a greater understanding of road safety skills, arriving at school more relaxed and ready to learn
      
  • one in five cars in the morning rush hour is on the school run

  • you could save yourself £400 per year by walking rather than driving to school (based on approved mileage rates from HMRC).

Visit Living Streets for more information on the benefits of walking.

 
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Contact us 

Road Safety Team
/Schools

Email

transportationhelpdesk@poole.gov.uk

Telephone

01202 262000