Walking to School Week

To mark walk to school week and national walking month we’ve collected some top tips for getting your stride on in BwD

It’s Walk to School Week – and the middle of National Walking Month – which seems like a good excuse to remind ourselves what’s great about everyday walking and how we can make it more fun.

Tips for wellbeing often say taking notice can give us a boost. With this in mind, have you counted how many steps it takes to get to school? And getting home again – what can you spot from the street that you might miss while in a car?

Now that lockdown is easing social distancing restrictions, you could organise to walk with friends, all wearing something yellow, or wearing hats!

Don’t let the weather ruin your fun – wearing bright weatherproof shoes and coats means never having to get rained off again.

Powerwalking the last few minutes of your journey can also give you an energy boost.

Get more tips on taking more steps here: #Try20 tips | Living Streets

Why walking to school matters

Happier children

It’s proven that children who do some form of exercise – especially before school – do better in class

Less congestion

During morning congestion on our roads, one in five cars is ferrying children to school

Cleaner air

The UK school run alone is generating half a million tonnes of toxic carbon dioxide per year – that’s more than the total annual amount produced by some small countries! Imagine what could be achieved by simply turning more rides into strides?

Take our survey to help us design healthy streets for BwD:

Consultation: Walking and cycling | Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Find out more about Living Streets walking campaigns Walk to School | Living Streets

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