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Walk to School Week

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.

Blackpool Layton Primary

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:

Baroness Kramer

And Strider got to visit, too!

Pupils and Strider outside parliament

 

PodcastWe 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.

Tony and Jane Ellison

Wednesday saw a bumper day of activity, with a multi-school dance walk event in Newcastle:

Newcastle dance walk

Folville Primary in Leicester also ran a dance walk. Here's a tweet from Helen McCarthy at BBC Radio Leicester:

While St Mark's Primary in Stoke-on-Trent held their own dance walk - tweeted about by our friends at Signal Radio:

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:

Tony and Luciana


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:

And Strider got to meet Francis Maude, MP for Horsham:

Strider and Francis Maude

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:
Tony on BBC Breakfast

Walk to School Week report

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.

Sign our petition

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.

Call for walking to school to be safer and easier

Affiliated groupsThis WaLk to School Week, Living Streets is calling for urgent action from government to ensure walking routes around our schools are safer and easier. We're inviting everyone to get involved with our campaign.

Living Streets is calling for urgent action from government to ensure walking routes around our schools are safer and easier.

We're inviting everyone to get involved with our campaign.

- See more at: http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school/walk-to-scho...

Make walking to school safer and easier

 

Take action locally so everyone can walk to school

Local GroupsIf your school struggles with congestion around the school gates, we can help. A Park and Stride scheme or Walking Zone can make it safer and easier for people to walk to school, so everyone can enjoy the benefits.

 

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