Over the past year, pupils in Knowsley have been taking part in a brilliant challenge to encourage them to walk to school – or if they prefer, cycle or ‘scoot’!
Five schools in Knowsley have been involved in the WOW Walk to School scheme which is being delivered by Living Street in partnership with Merseytravel, and funded by Department for Transport.
Children logged their trip to school each day using a ‘Travel Tracker’ on their school’s smartboards and if they walked, cycled or ‘scooted’ at least once a week, they earned a badge at the end of the month. The themed badges were designed by the pupils and made from recycled material. If it’s not possible to travel to school without a car, children at St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School can take advantage of the local church’s car parks where families can ‘park and stride’ – and it counted towards the challenge!
The pupils are keen to move their feet to get to school and WOW has helped them to understand the benefits of walking such as it helping us to stay healthy, practice road safety skills and reduce pollution.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “I’m really glad the schools in Knowsley enjoyed this challenge. The scheme brings schools an average 23% increase in pupils walking to school which brings a drop in car use; reducing congestion near school gates and improving pedestrian safety. So I hope taking part in this challenge will create good habits outside of school and that our schools continue to take part.”
Well done to the schools who took part in this year’s WOW scheme, and to the other 40 schools across Merseyside so were involved in helping where we live become cleaner and safer!