Walk to School Week took place from 19-23 May - and what a week it was!
Monday saw Blackpool's 'tiny dancers' at Layton Primary kicking off our dance walk theme in style.
Meanwhile, Heswall Primary encouraged all schools to hold dance walks with their pre-prepared inspirational Dance Walk film! And pupils from St Mary's in Tameside popped down to London to meet Transport Minister Baroness Kramer:
And Strider got to visit, too!
We also launched our podcast celebrating the benefits of walking with your family, where we spoke to Jack and Louis about their walk to school, heard from our Policy and Public Affairs Manager Kevin about our campaign to make the walk to school safer and easier; and learnt all about our stats expert Tim's favourite facts and figures about walking to school.
On Tuesday, Strider joined pupils from St Margaret's school in Angmering as they walked from their new Park and Stride point. We also held a dance walk to Colgate School in Horsham with the Horsham Boom Tribe, and our Chief Executive Tony Armstrong took a break from school events to walk to work with Public Health Minister Jane Ellison.
Wednesday saw a bumper day of activity, with a multi-school dance walk event in Newcastle:
Folville Primary in Leicester also ran a dance walk. Here's a tweet from Helen McCarthy at BBC Radio Leicester:
— Helen McCarthy (@HelenMc2005) May 21, 2014
While St Mark's Primary in Stoke-on-Trent held their own dance walk - tweeted about by our friends at Signal Radio:
Great afternoon in Hanley Park in the sunshine for Walk to School Week, How are you spending your afternoon? Martin x pic.twitter.com/AB4QhC2YWy
— Signal 1 (@Signal1Official) May 21, 2014
And at the same time, Aldwyn Primary in Tameside held a car free day and we also helped to organise an early years event in Wirral.
On the same day our Chief Executive Tony Armstrong also walked to work with Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger:
And on Thursday, Seaside Primary School with Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham - pics coming soon!
And to finish the week, on Friday we were back in Blackpool with Gordon Marsden MP opening a new Park and Stride meeting point at St Nicholas' Primary. Here's his tweet about the event:
— Gordon Marsden MP (@GordonMarsden) May 23, 2014
And Strider got to meet Francis Maude, MP for Horsham:
It's been a fantastic week of celebrating the benefits of walking. But it's also been an opportunity to us to get a more serious message out too - the need for the walk to school to be made safer and easier. Our Chief Executive Tony was on BBC Breakfast talking about what needs to be done to tackle aggression, stress and fear on the school run:
And we also launched our new report, Putting Pupils first, which takes a look in more detail at what needs to be done; as well as our campaign toolkit to help schools write to the Prime Minister about their walk to school, and our toolkits on taking action locally - including how to set up a park and stride scheme or walking zone.
We also launched our petition calling on the Prime Minister to make the walk to school safer and easier - which has already been signed by thousands of people.
All in all, a wonderful Walk to School Week - thanks to everyone who participated. We hope you had as much fun as us!
You can find more Walk to School Week campaign resources below.