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Hundreds of pupils join in Walk to School Week

Hundreds of school children from across Staffordshire are putting their best foot forward as part of this year’s Walk to School Week.

The campaign from 21 to 25 May is encouraging all children that can walk to join in with the national festival of walking.

Staffordshire continues to lead the way when it comes to encouraging more parents and children to actively travel to school with over 63 Walking Buses across the county.

A Walking Bus is like a normal bus but on foot. It takes the same route to school every day, picking up children along the way. Trained parent volunteers walk the children safely to school and everyone on the Walking Bus wears a high visibility waistcoat.

Scooter training, Bikeability, ‘Park and Stride’ schemes and the Staffordshire STARS project working with schools are also helping to improve physical health, air quality and easing congestion outside school gates.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways at Staffordshire County Council said:

“We’ve been working closely with schools over the last few years to encourage more parents and their children to walk to school and it’s great to see so many taking part in this year’s campaign.

“Walking or even scooting or cycling to school has so many benefits for the community and it’s something we are keen to see more of.  Not only does it help to keep parents and children fit and healthy, saves money on petrol, but it helps to ease congestion outside our busy schools.”

During Walk to School week, Staffordshire County Council’s active travel team will be supporting the following activities:

Healthy Lifestyle Events taking place in Stafford and Cannock

  • A new Walking Bus in Burton at Holy Rosary School.
  • A new Park and Stride location in Cannock at Heath Hayes Primary School.
  • Walking Assembly in Staffs Moorlands – 70 schools have received resources through taking part in STARS (School Travel Planning).
  • WOW (Walk Once a Week) in Stafford Borough – there are currently 60 schools across the county taking part in WOW.

Research shows that a 15-minute walk, scoot or cycle to and from school gives children half of their recommended daily exercise.  Furthermore, children that actively travel to school arrive refreshed and ready for the school day, are healthier and happier.

People can find out more about active school travel at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/activeschooltravel