‘Walk to School Month’ returns this October – the national campaign is designed to encourage physical activity in a child’s daily routine in a fun and innovative way.
Medway Council is supporting the campaign and has invited all primary and secondary schools in Medway, including academies, to take part in its own walking challenges. Primary schools can take on the Hedgehog Hike and secondary schools can take part in the Social Netwalk.
The campaign aims to get parents to ditch the car and encourage more children to walk to and from school.
The primary and secondary schools with the highest percentage of pupils walking over the three week period will be crowned the winner of the challenges at the end of October.
In 2017, as a result of this campaign, 2,237 car journeys were removed from Medway’s roads by the participating schools.
Schools in Medway are discovering that they can benefit from the positive effects that walking to school has in enhancing road safety awareness amongst children, as well as health and environmental benefits.
'Great way to keep children active'
Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, Cllr Phil Filmer, said: “The walking campaign is a great way to keep children active and it encourages them to think about road safety. During last year’s campaign we saw a significant decrease in cars on Medway’s roads, and this has huge environmental benefits. Thank you to schools, children and parents who support and take part in this scheme, and good luck to every school taking part in this year’s walking challenge.”
Our Safer Journeys Team has teamed up with KM Walk to School.