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Friday 21 May 2010

Pupils Put Their Best Foot Forward for Walk to School Week

More than 18,000 children across Cheshire East put their best foot forward for Walk to School Week.

A total of 74 primary schools supported the national campaign from May 17-21 which encourages more children to make their daily journey on foot.

Many pupils created walking buses while those who live at a distance from their schools were encouraged to ‘park and stride’ where they are driven part way and walk the rest.

All participating schools received Walk to School booklets and stickers for pupils based on this year’s theme ‘keep fit and have fun’.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Cabinet member with responsibility for children and families, said: “Walk to School Week is a great opportunity for children who are normally driven to school to discover how a small lifestyle change can make a big difference.

“The benefits of walking to school are numerous. As well as the well-documented health benefits, it reduces traffic congestion and pollution outside the school gates which creates a far safer environment.

“Children who walk to school arrive alert and ready for work and it helps them to understand the importance of road safety and feel more engaged with their neighbourhood.

“The national campaign reflects Cheshire East Council’s commitment to encourage pupils to make their journey to school healthier, greener and safer.”

More children in Cheshire East schools walk to school than travel by car.

Data taken from the 2010 school census showed that 47% make the journey on foot compared with 34% who are driven.

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