Thousands of school children from across Staffordshire are taking to the footpaths to join Walk to School Week which starts today (Monday, 15 May).
The national campaign by charity Living Streets hopes to highlight the health benefits of walking to school and promote healthy lifestyles.
Staffordshire County Council’s Travel to School team is now encouraging parents and their children to get involved.
Over 50 schools have already signed up to The Staffordshire STARS scheme supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Staffordshire also has over 70 walking buses which encourage parents and their children to walk to school.
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Transport at Staffordshire County Council said:
We’re working hard to encourage more parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school and to make it as easy and safe as possible for them to do this.
Now that we’re in May, and the better weather just around the corner, it really is a great time to leave the car at home and opt for a greener option. Walking, cycling or even scooting to school can be great fun, can help keep children fit and is better for classroom concentration too. Each school will know what activities they have on or you can find out more at www.staffordshire.gov.uk.”
Walk to school Week also coincides with the Move More in May campaign which is also being supported by the County Council. The campaign aims to encourage people to stay active by taking part in local sports activities or clubs. Research also shows that a 15-minute cycle, walk or scoot to and from school gives children half of their recommended daily exercise.
Staffordshire County Council has a number of schemes making it easier and safer for parents to either walk, cycle or scoot to school. The ’20 is Plenty’ scheme encourages drivers to slow down when outside schools and road safety officers also continue to talk to children in schools and work with parents on the safest routes to take to and from school.
People can find out more about walking buses or the Staffordshire Stars scheme by searching on www.staffordshire.gov.uk