25 October 2016

Walking and wheeling their way to school

Around 4,000 pre-school children enjoyed walking, scooting and going by bike as they took part in this year’s ‘Walking and Wheeling Week.’

The children, from around 50 early years settings, were helping celebrate Walk to School month.

‘Walking and Wheeling Week’ encouraged parents, carers, children and staff to walk, scoot and cycle to their nursery, pre-school, playgroup or childminder.

Those who were unable to walk the whole way, were encouraged to walk the last 5 minutes of their journey.

As well as keeping everyone active, Walking and wheeling helps keep the areas around early years’ entrances clearer of cars parking, making it safer for everyone.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of council’s environment and transport committee said: “Walking and Wheeling Week is a great way to encourage very young children to get into the habit of walking, scooting and cycling, long before they reach school age.

“As well as promoting walking and wheeling as a fun and healthy way to travel, the initiative reduces the amount of traffic around early years settings, cutting pollution, and improving the environment which benefits everyone.”

Here's our top tips for healthy school travel:

If you drive, and don't live too far away, try walking to your early years setting at least once during the week.
If you need to drive try 'Park & Stride'. This is when you park away from your early years setting, and walk the last 5-10 minutes.
If you travel by bus, why not get off the bus a couple of stops early, and walk the last 5 minutes?
If you already walk or cycle to your early years setting, you could 'Park & Stride' for other journeys you make by bus or car.
If your early years setting isn't joining in Walking and Wheeling Week, ask them to email road.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk for free resources and information