There are many reasons to regret the fact that so many children these days are driven to school instead of walking or making their own way by public transport. Among the problems are lack of sufficient exercise, congestion and road danger caused by build-ups of cars near school gates, and exposure to toxic fumes, which recent research has found is actually more dangerous inside a car than outside.
The charity Walking Streets has issued a "toolkit" to help parents who would like their children to walk to school but are concerned about some of the practical aspects.
At Living Streets, we believe that every child has the right to walk. That’s why we’re campaigning to improve our streets and working with schools so more children can walk to school safely and happily. And it’s why we’re helping parents, grandparents, and carers reclaim their own walk to school. Our Family Walk to School Kit gives step-by-step tips for stress-free walking and safer streets. It’s got all sorts of ideas for all kinds of families.
Whether you’re exploring how walking to school can work for your family, ready to make walking part of your morning routine, noticing traffic dangers on the walk to and from school, or keen to campaign for better walking routes where you live, we can help you move forward.