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% of girls and 55% 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 stay safe. Allowing children to get to school on their own or with friends increases their confidence and independence.
In conjunction with Walk to School Week 20 - 24 May 2019, our annual competition for schools will be returning for a third year to see who has the highest percentage of children walking to school that week. All participating schools will receive a walk to school week Living Streets pack for each class with reward stickers to celebrate the children's efforts.
Last year, our winning school Bearwood Primary and Nursery School had 80% of their children walking, scooting and cycling to school, what a fabulous achievement! Who will be the winner of our prestigious golden boot trophy this year? Our mayor will be looking forward to presenting the trophy to the most active school.
Be bright and be seen
When walking to school make sure you can all be seen. Ideally, wear flourescent, 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.
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 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
- 1 in 5 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)
Page last updated: 01 May 2019