20 May 2010

School pupils in the county are being encouraged to walk to school by Northamptonshire County Council as part of the national Walk to School Week (W2SW).

School travel plan officers will be doing what they can to promote walking to school, with events, assemblies and the distribution of resources during the initiative which takes place between May 24 and May 28.

Walk to School week aims to promote how walking, rather than being driven to school makes a major contribution towards cutting pollution and traffic congestion and to the health of our children.

The theme for the event will be focused on SMART travel –

  • Safe
  • Motivated
  • Active
  • Realistic
  • Tread

All schools in the county are being asked to hold Walk to School events, where children and parents can meet at pre-arranged locations within a 10 to 15 minute walk from the school site and then walk as a group to the school

At a number of selected schools, county council travel advisors will be visiting, walking and holding assemblies to emphasise to pupils the importance of walking not only for their health but for the environment

May 2009 saw 174 schools take part and the county council is hoping to make 2010 even bigger and more successful than in previous years.

Schools registering for May W2SW 2010 will receive resources which will include walking diaries stickers, wall charts and posters.

For further information on walking to school initiative please contact the travel choices team by email: bnowicka@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by phone 01604 364443