Swap motor power for people-power during Walk to School Week!

Published: 20 May 2019

More feet will be pounding the pavements of Hertfordshire over the next week as our Walk to School Week starts today (20 May) and runs through until Friday 24 May 2019.  A record breaking number of 232 schools are participating.

This week long challenge is embraced by so many schools and their families as walking at least some of the way to school is so positive for everyone’s wellbeing.

To keep the walking habit going for longer everyone is encouraged to keep on walking as often as possible until Clean Air Day on Thursday 20 June 2019.

You might even spot Buster, Hertfordshire’s larger than life 'stepasauraus', dinosaur who is walking with the children to encourage active travel and cleaner air.

Hertfordshire County Council’s road safety officers have been busy hosting assemblies and providing posters for all participating schools, allowing children to place stickers on a county activity map in every class.

This year’s event has exceeded last year’s number of participating schools, with an increase of 25 schools signing up and over 50% of the county’s primary schools taking part. 

Hertfordshire County Council’s Assistant Director Transport, Waste and Environmental Management, Simon Aries said: “Our challenge for 2019 in Hertfordshire is to increase daily physical activity, especially in our young people. Children and adolescents should ideally have 60 mins or more of daily physical activity for optimum fitness and wellbeing.

“We all know the health benefits of walking which is why we encourage families to take part. By enjoying the positive effects of exercise and a healthier atmosphere with less congestion, we hope every week can become a Walk to School Week.”

Here are six reasons why you should participate in Walk to School Week and Clean Air Day:

  • Children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

  • Walking to school is an opportunity to learn vital life-saving road safety skills.

  • Walking to school helps both parents and children to get fitter and stronger.

  • By leaving the car at home you help to reduce congestion at the school gate and improve road safety around the school.

  • The average primary school journey is 20mins or less - so avoid the congestion and walk, cycle or scoot - you’ll probably beat the traffic!

The Active and Safer Travel Team are encouraging as many schools to take part as possible, so make sure your primary school is participating, or give them the information so that they can get involved in the future.

Get in touch at activeandsafertravel@hertfordshire.gov.uk. For more on road safety go to https://twitter.com/roadsafetyherts and for cycling: https://twitter.com/hertscycling