Families are being encouraged to leave the car at home and give walking a go this Walk to School Week (16-20 May). Thousands of pupils in every part of Scotland will be taking part, getting active and transforming their journey to school.
Walking to school is free, easy and accessible way for children to fit some vital physical activity into their day to ensure they remain fit and healthy. It also provides an opportunity for children to learn vital road safety skills and arrive at school feeling alert and ready to learn. Plus, when children walk to school there are fewer cars on the roads, reducing air pollution and congestion and making roads safer for everyone.
"Parents and carers find the journey to school less stressful and that they - and their children - feel healthier and happier when they are able to walk to school", says Chris Thompson from Living Streets Scotland. "Over the past decades, the number of children who walk to school in Scotland has been falling. However, many of the primary schools in Clackmannanshire are now participating in successful walk to school schemes like the Living Streets' WoW Scotland (Walk once a Week) which is encouraging increased levels of walking, cycling and scooting to school."
Banchory, Clackmannan, Craigbank, Fishcross, Redwell, Strathdevon and Sunnyside Primary Schools are all actively using the WoW travel tracker where children can log their daily journey to school on line.
For more information on WoW Scotland see the website