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Caithness News Bulletins May 2003
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PARENTS AND PUPILS ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK
Highland primary and secondary school pupils are being encouraged by The Highland Council to put their best foot forward and support ‘National Summer Walk to School Week’ from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd May.
Not just aimed at improving the health of pupils, the national campaign aims to improve the well-being of families, and communities who are both involved in and live around or on routes to schools.
Lisa Graham, Road Safety Officer with The Highland Council’s Transport Environment and Community Services said: “The school-run accounts for a sizeable chunk of rush-hour traffic. It causes congestion, pollution and danger outside most schools every Monday to Friday.
“If more families were able to walk to school occasionally, then communities would experience the environmental and health benefits associated with fewer vehicles on the roads in their neighbourhood. We'd also be fitter and healthier.”
Traditionally, ‘Walk to School Week’ is a one week campaign to raise awareness of the problem associated with the over-dependence on driving children to school. Parents are encouraged to walk to school with their young children as often as possible during the week and beyond. If the journey is too far to walk, then the message is, drive part-way and walk the rest - keep the school gate area clear of traffic. Teachers are provided with walk to school teaching resources and many arrange local walks with their pupils.
Some of the reasons given by the campaign for supporting walk to school week and encouraging children to walk to school are:
number of journeys which are made on foot has fallen by 13% in the last
average UK resident spends about 9 days of the year in a car.
Further information can be found on the official walk to school website at www.walktoschool.org.uk/
The National Autumn Walk To School Week dates are: Monday 6th - Friday 10th October 2003, which is also International Walk To School week.