18 May 2013

Walk to School Week

Monday 20 to Friday 24 May is Walk to School Week.

The aim of Walk to School Week, which has been going since 1995, is simple: to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine.

I know when I was a kid I lived a mile from my junior school and subsequently a mile in the other direction from my grammar school. And I walked to school; in fact for much of the time I came home for lunch so walked about 4 miles a day. (OK, I admit I was a lazy teenager and sometimes got the bus to school, but that depended on being in funds as I didn't get extra allowance for bus fares.)

Walking is good for us and we almost all walk far too little (guilty as charged!). Far too many children get taken, even short distances, to school by car. Parents get scared (usually unnecessarily) of kids being molested or abducted, parents are in a hurry to get to work themselves, or I'm sure in many cases they're just plain lazy.

But as always there are many benefits to walking: save petrol — and thus save money and the environment — improve health but getting more exercise; and parents walking children to school are spending quality time with their kids, and maybe even teaching them things about the world around them. Get into the walking habit and hopefully it will stay with you for life.

As always there is more information on the Walk to School website at www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school.

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