Published: Friday, 12th May 2023

Schools across Medway are being encouraged to take part in Walk to School Week.

As part of the national campaign, which takes place from Monday, 15 May to Friday, 19 May, we are encouraging pupils to take part in the Walkin’ N Wheelin’ Challenge.

The campaign aims to encourage pupils across Medway to travel to and from school in a fun and active way to help create long-term green travel habits.

Schools which take part will monitor how many of their pupils travelled to school by walking, using their wheelchair, cycling, scootering or by park and stride (walking the last 10 minutes of the journey).

The schools with the highest percentage of active travel journeys over the week will receive Halfords gift vouchers, £500 for first place, £300 for second place and £200 for third as well as a personalised certificate. Winners will be announced for both primary and secondary school categories. All schools involved will receive an e-certificate for taking part.

Any schools which register to take part in the challenge will have access to online resources to help inspire pupils to take part.

Encouraging children and young people to become more active

Michael Edwards, Medway Council’s Head of Transport & Parking, said: “This is a great challenge which not only encourages Medway’s children and young people to become more active, but will also reduce the number of cars on the road. I would encourage all schools to sign up and take part in the Walkin’ N Wheelin’ Challenge.”

Our Sustainable Transport team visits schools all year round to teach children valuable lessons about crossing the road, the importance of wearing a seatbelt, pedestrian safety and traffic awareness. So far this academic year, the team has visited 5,952 pupils from 62 schools.

This campaign also supports our aspiration to make Medway even more child-friendly.

Find out more about the challenge


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