Walk to School Week is 17-21 May 2010
The Walk to school campaign is run by the Charity Living Streets with funding from the Dept. for Transport.
The idea is to get parents, pupils and teachers to think about their journey to and from school and the benefits of making it on foot where possible. Each year 2 million children take part in Walk to school week.
With more pupils being regularly driven to school, this lack of daily exercise is contributing to childhood obesity, congestion on the roads during rush hour and increased air pollution.
The 15 minute walk to school and back is a way of spending some quality time with your child and getting some gentle exercise. It's an opportunity to instil some road sense into them as you go about crossing the roads on the way, and helping them become more independent.
The website with more info for parents and teachers is http://www.walktoschool.org.uk.
Of course there's always going to be the parents that do need to drive; but please, there's no call to do what this parent in Wymondham does and park on the pavement adjacent to where children and parents wait, and cross the road at the end of the school day - is there? Even in the rain?
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