October is walk to School Month!

Why not leave the car behind for the school run and walk to school during Walk to School Month?

Walking to school, even if only part of the way, could be the start of a healthy lifestyle, lasting well into adulthood. Encourage children to choose an active and healthy journey to school.

Walking is a great way to improve your fitness, protect the environment and save money. And in these times, walking to school with its countless benefits, has become more important than ever.

When walking, remember to socially distance and give each child at least one item of bright or reflective clothing. Use footpaths where available and always walk on the right hand side facing the oncoming traffic. Explain how to stay safe at crossings and particularly how to walk safely on rural roads. Teach them the Green Cross Code.

You may have seen our TV ad, ‘Great Things Happen When We Walk’, encouraging everybody to walk more and drive less – particularly for shorter journeys, like the school run.

One of the ways in which we can tackle the climate emergency is by driving less and walking more.

So leave the keys at home.

Do your bit and encourage others to seize the chance for change!

There’s more information about the benefits of walking to school, and how to do so safely on nidirect.

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