Why not make the school run a school walk this month?

October is International Walk to School Month and families across Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to swap their car for their feet on the school run this month.

The benefits of walking to and from school every day, instead of jumping in the car, are plentiful. Not only does it provide fresh air and exercise, it allows families to appreciate the outdoors, gives younger children the chance to learn important lessons about road safety and parents avoid getting snarled up in inevitable traffic jams at the school gates.

The benefits to the environment are also abundant. The fewer car journeys we all make contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions which improves air quality for everyone.

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Services said:

“Whilst we appreciate not everyone can walk to school, we know that for many it is an option but they still choose to drive. We are asking people to make a special effort this month to try walking to school instead of driving so you can see for yourselves the benefits it brings.”

Buckinghamshire Council works closely with schools across the county to provide information and advice on road safety and school travel planning including running a junior road safety officer scheme, enabling cycle training and supporting programmes promoting sustainable travel.

Walk to School Month complements the ongoing Active Communities initiative which is currently being trialled in Aylesbury and Wycombe. The project aims to reduce inactivity and improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Steven added: “If you do need to drive or get the bus to school, why not try parking a bit further away or getting off a few stops earlier and walking the rest of the way. If you can, walk to school, cycle or even scoot, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for you and your family too.”

Children walking to school