Fabulous footwork for Walk to School Week 2018

Published: 31 May 2018

Children across Hertfordshire could be seen taking part in Hertfordshire’s biggest ever Walk to School Week, which ran from 21 to 25 May. With 50 percent of primary schools involved, children were walking, scooting and cycling their way to school, convincing parents to leave the car at home and be more active.

The Active and Safer Travel Team from Hertfordshire County Council has encouraged schools to take up the challenge and join in Walk to School Week. There were surprise visits from Buster the walking mascot Stepasauraus, who greeted children as they arrived at school.

Comments included “It was so much more fun walking with friends than going in the car with my brother” and “Can I walk every day?”; and a parent added “It was quicker than trying to park outside the school, and definitely less stressful”

Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Environment, said: “Being active on school journeys has many benefits including improving your physical and mental wellbeing. It is an easy win when it comes to fitting in exercise to your daily routine, and gives parents’ precious time to catch up with their children without the stress of driving in the rush hour. Fewer cars mean cleaner air for everyone.”

This year we have been wonderfully supported by Hertfordshire Catering Limited (HCL) with a fruity feast of lunchtime dessert. Showing how fruit can be fun and fabulous, we even had Buster modelling for designer fruit sculptures to show how healthy choices can be appealing to children of all ages.

Walk to School Week has grown from humble beginnings when it was launched by our partners, Living Streets 23 years ago. This year we are taking it to the next level and we are asking schools to keep walking all the way through to Clean Air Day on 21 June 2018. We would also like everyone to wear something ‘green’ on the day to support clean air.

The Active and Safer Travel Team work with schools across Hertfordshire on many road safety and sustainable travel initiatives. To find out more contact us at activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk