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Walk to School Week

Thursday 6th May

 

THIS MAY- THE SCHOOL RUN TURNS INTO A ‘WALK’

 

The patter of small feet might be heard from across the borough this May, as children will be striding out on the pavements to take part in a very important event: National Walk to School Week 2010 (17th – 21st May).

 

Bedford Borough Council is supporting Walk to School Week, and this year’s ‘Walk Your Way’ theme aims to encourage parents and children to get better connected to their local neighbourhood by exploring it on foot. In addition to learning more about their local environment, children will be able to learn to orientate themselves on the journey to and from school, as well as learn vital road safety skills whilst keeping active.

 

Cllr David Sawyer Portfolio Holder Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “It’s already established that walking is key in fighting childhood obesity, and it can also be beneficial to children in other ways, such as helping them learn vital road safety skills and further develop their independence. Traffic congestion around schools comes with noise and pollution and can aggravates asthma and wheezing in children.”

 

Over the past two decades, the number of children who walk to school has dropped from 62% to 48%, with an enormous 43% being driven to school in cars - despite the fact that the majority of primary school pupils live within a 20 minute walk of their school.

 

Cllr Charles Royden Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport at Bedford Borough Council said: “If it proves to be as popular as expected, ‘Walk Your Way’ will ease the borough’s road congestion, as parents ditch the car for trainers. Many people underestimate the time it takes to travel by car or public transport and overestimate how long it takes to walk.  We hope children and parents will take part and head towards a cleaner, greener and leaner borough.”

 

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