It’s “Walk to School Week” this week (20- 24 May) and Hampshire County Council is encouraging parents to swap their car for a ticket to stride on the school run instead with over 8,000 children expected to take part in Andover and the Test Valley.
Over ninety thousand Hampshire-based school children have signed up to take part in Walk to School Week 2013, encouraging parents and children to take the opportunity to try walking to school and putting into practice good pedestrian road safety behaviour. All children taking part in Walk to School Week will receive a log book, certificate and stickers.
Walk to School Week is the initiative of national charity ‘Living Streets’. According to the charity, by walking to school, parents say they find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and both they and their children feel healthier and fitter.
The aim of the initiative is to encourage as many school children and their families across the county to give walking a go during Walk to School Week. It is a more active way to start the day and can help improve concentration in the classroom. It can also be beneficial in helping children develop life long road safety skills and their sense of independence, as well as being fun.
For more about “Walk to School Week” see the Living Streets website.