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Cumbrian schools encouraged to go green in National Walk to School Week

February 25, 2013

Cumbria County Council is urging all infant, junior and primary schools to take part in this years’ National Walk to School Week in May.

Walk to School Week is part of Living Streets’ National Walking Month, and the county council’s Active Travel team have invited all Cumbrian infant, junior and primary school to take part in the initiative.

Over eighty schools in Cumbria took part last year’s Walk to School Week, resulting in a reduction of 12,280 car journeys. Walking increased an average 18.9% and cycling increased an average 0.3%.

This year schools have until 1 March to apply to take part in the scheme which runs from 20 – 24 May. The Active Travel team will provide the first 60 schools that apply to take part with national campaign materials in the form of classroom packs, which include a wallchart, diaries and stickers.

This years’ theme will be a 5-day walking challenge, which will each day focus on a different benefit of walking. These are –

Monday – Health

Tuesday – Discovery

Wednesday – Fun

Thursday – Road Safety

Friday – Eco-friendly

To measure the effectiveness of the campaign in Cumbria, schools have been asked to participate in a one day ‘before’ count of pupils mode of travel in Mid-April. They will then be asked to do the same during Walk to School Week to calculate the car journeys saved.

County councillor Gary Strong, Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport, said: “This annual initiative has proved to be very successful in previous years and we want to improve on that even further, so I strongly encourage schools to sign up and take part. It’s important that young people appreciate both the health and environmental benefits of walking and put this into practice.”

To take part in National Walk to School Week 2013 contact Judith.Aris@cumbria.gov.uk

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