Pupils swap four wheels for two feet during Walk to School week

17 May 2017

More than 8,000 children from 26 primary schools in Bracknell Forest are taking part in national Walk to School week.

Children and their parents are being encouraged to leave the car at home and walk to school instead. Pupils are completing a five day walking challenge, and recording their daily journeys to school on class wall charts.

Living Streets, the charity which runs the national Walk to School campaign says parents who walk the journey to school with their children find it less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, and they and their children feel healthier and fitter.

At Crown Wood Primary school, pupils wore their favourite footwear as they walked to school on ‘Happy Shoes Day’. Children were asked to make a donation and the money raised went to UNICEF.

Andrew Hunter, chief officer for planning, transport and countryside at Bracknell Forest Council said: “Walking to school is a brilliant way for children to get active and healthy, and is also an important opportunity for them to learn road safety skills. Fewer cars mean less congestion, less pollution and a much better atmosphere outside the school gates.”

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