About Walking and Wheeling

Walking and Wheeling Week/Month is a city-wide celebration of walking and wheeling for families with young children. It has a focus in particular on journeys to early years settings. We normally run a Walking and Wheeling Week/Month campaign twice a year, every May and October.

‘Wheeling’ includes:
  • scooting
  • cycling
  • travelling in a buggy, bike seat or bike-trailer
In October 2020, our Walking and Wheeling Week/Month is at the same time as national Clean Air Day on 8 October 2020.
Our campaign this year will have a focus on how active travel can help reduce air pollution.
The campaign will be Walking and Wheeling Week/Month for Clean Air.
Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign. It engages thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaches millions more through the media.
Road transport, including cars and delivery vehicles, is the main source of Nitrogen Dioxide. Walking and Wheeling to early years, and for other journeys, is something many of us can do to help reduce this.
During Walking and Wheeling Week, early years settings encourage parents, carers, children and staff to:
  • walk
  • scoot
  • cycle
to their nursery, pre-school, playgroup or childminders.
Last year around 2,000 children and their families to part at 20 early settings across the city.

Take part in October

Walking and Wheeling Week for Clean Air takes place during the week beginning 5 October 2020. This coincides with our local ‘Walk to School for Clean Air Week’, national Clean Air Day and national Walk to School Week.

Walking and Wheeling Month for Clean Air will run for the whole of October. Early years settings can choose whether they want to join in for a week or a month. We have resources available for both.

Sign up to join

You can join or order free resources if you are an early years setting or childminder.

You need to complete the resources order form.

Please scan or send a photo of the completed form to the email address on the form. Please do not post the order form to us. The deadline for ordering resources is Friday 11 September.

Please see the Privacy Notice attached to the order form on page 2. Please your consent to use your data by ticking the box on the order form.

If you are parent or carer with a child at a pre-school setting or childminder's, please ask your child's setting to take part. They can order free resources from us via this webpage.


Top tips on how to join in

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, then why not 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 walk or cycle to your early years setting already, why not 'Park & Stride' for other journeys you would usually make by bus or car

Find resources to download and print

National Clean Air Day resources for schools

This is collection of school resources. Some can be adapted for early years to inspire your setting to help create cleaner air. 

Change 4 Life fun walking ideas

Tips to get walking everyday

Fun games for everyday walking

Fun games for walking games for parks and woodland

More information

If you have any questions or would like further information: