WALK TO SCHOOL

The National Walk to School campaigns are organised by Living Streets, a national charity that promote walking. The campaign aims to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine. Their vision is that very child who can walk to school does so.

Over the past two decades, the number of children who walk to school nationally 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. We are, therefore, encouraging pupils to make a special effort to walk to school during October. Drivers should also be aware that more children will be walking to school during this period and care should be taken, particularly near schools.

Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets. It is held in May and Walk to School Month is in October. Schools across the country are encouraged to participate to raise awareness of walking to school and engage with families to join the campaign.

Schools can organise regular campaigns to encourage families to walk to school as often as they can. Think! Education have a range of resources to support all walking and road safety activities. Please see the Useful Link on the right hand side.