THOUSANDS of primary school children across Cheshire West and Chester have taken part in Walk to School Week.

The theme of this year’s walk was ‘Hit the street with your feet’.

John Stephens, deputy director of children and young people’s service, said: “The aim of the initiative is to contribute to children’s safety and well-being by reducing traffic outside school gates with the majority of parents and carers walking their children to school.

“Pupils who live at a distance from schools are encouraged to join in a ‘park and stride’ scheme where they are driven part way and walk the rest.

“This initiative is so important on so many fronts. It provides exercise for the children involved, and especially where there are ‘walking buses’ children can talk to their friends en route to school.

“Walking to school is also good for the environment because it drastically reduces the amount of traffic congestion at the school gates.

“I would urge everyone involved to carry on with their excellent work and make walking to school a priority for the rest of the year.”