It is not always possible or parents/guardians to travel sustainably to school, for example they may live a long distance away with no suitable bus routes to use. It is still possible for these families to travel sustainably for part of their journey so that they can still contribute to helping reduce congestion outside of the school.

Park and Walk can be an easy way of encouraging those parents who have to bring their cars to school to park further away from the school gates and walk the remainder of the journey. In addition to helping reduce congestion near the school it can help make the area around the school a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone, as well as enabling families to become more active and healthy.

How do schools set up Park and Walk?
Park and Walk locations may be set up from a local Public House car park, Community Centre car park, Church car park or other locations which are suitable. All park and walk locations will need permission of the land owner to allow use of the area.

If there are no appropriate car park locations within a suitable walking distance of the school, it is possible to encourage people to park in safe roadside locations. Schools could produce a map of the local area indicating rough times for how long it would take families to walk from certain locations in order to help encourage Park and Walk

It is a good idea to publicise your Park and Walk site(s) in school newsletters, on notice boards, and even on your school website. Publicising the advantages/benefits of Park and Walk to parents will help encourage them to take part.

Families could be encouraged to Park and Walk by including pupils that do this in the Go for Gold scheme. The school will need to decide on, and publicise, a suitable distance for which pupils will have to walk in order to gain a stamp in their Go for Gold card. Parking the car and walking a suitable distance is considered sustainable because it can reduce the distances cars travel on the school journey.