Walk to School Week

Leave the car at home and walk the kids to school to earn rewards

How do your kids get to school? Do you all hop in the car, walk to school together, or get the bus? With lighter and warmer mornings, it's the perfect time to think about your journey to school and how you could change your routine.

This Walk to School Week (16 to 20 May) why not opt to travel by foot and notice the benefits it has on your child, as well as knowing you're playing your part to reduce carbon in Surrey to go one step greener.

Benefits of children walking to school

  • Children who walk or cycle to school have shown to have increased levels of concentration for up to four hours.
  • Increases awareness of motor traffic and greater ability to travel independently and safely.
  • 15 minutes of exercise can improve a child's mood.

There's something in it for you too! We've teamed up with the BetterPoints app to make every car-free journey worth your while. The app tracks your journey and awards points which can be redeemed for high street vouchers for you to spend at participating local traders or can be donated to charity. So download the app, walk to school and watch your points add up.

What else are schools doing to promote sustainable travel?

Some schools in Surrey are also Modeshift Stars accredited schools. These schools have travel plans to improve road safety and promote sustainable travel to reduce the reliance on car journeys to and from school. They receive funding to put measures in place and help families travel to and from school more sustainable. This helps families be healthier, greener and helps us in our goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Find out what your school is doing to promote car-free travel to school and visit the road safety and sustainable travel for schools web pages.

Coming soon is the Walking Training programme for Year 3's. The scheme teaches children how to walk to school safely and gives parents and carers the peace of mind that their child is being equipped with road safety skills, prior to them undertaking independent travel in the future. If you're a parent or carer and would like to find out more, speak to your school or visit the walking training for schools web pages.

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