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Walk to School Week

by Lisa Bennett

It’s national Walk to School Week Monday 20 – Friday 24 May 2024.

The five-day walking challenge is taking place during National Walking Month and is organised by Living Streets, a national walking charity whose mission is to inspire people to walk more.

This year’s theme is ‘The Magic of Walking’ and children are encouraged to travel actively to school every day of the week, either walking, cycling, or scooting. Meeting various magical beings along the way, such as unicorns, wizards, and fairies, they will learn about the important reasons to walk or wheel and its benefits for individuals, communities and the planet!

Get involved

Last year, over 300,000 pupils across the UK took part in Walk to School Week, with this year looking to be bigger than ever.

Many Knowsley schools are already signed up to take part in this year’s Walk to School week. In addition, all Knowsley schools are offered the opportunity to develop a travel plan using the free Modeshift Education Stars programme. Travel plans aim to increase active travel on the journey to and from school and reduce the use of cars all year round.

You can find out more about Modeshift, as well as the benefits of walking and cycling to school, by contacting Knowsley’s Road Safety team at RoadSafety@knowsley.gov.uk.

You can also find out more on the Living Streets website. 

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“Walk to School Week is a great opportunity for families to leave the car at home and to walk, wheel, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ to school.

“This small change can make a big difference – fewer cars at the school gates, less pollution in our local areas and it’s great way to exercise and get moving for children and adults.”

Walking in Knowsley  

Knowsley has many walking and cycling routes and paths to help you get out and about, either travelling to school or work, spending time with family or friends or for exercise. You can find out more on the council website.