MORE than 20,000 children across Cheshire West and Chester are taking part in Walk to School Week this week.
The theme for the event, which started on Monday and runs until Friday and is aimed at primary school children, is “keep fit and have fun.”
The event was launched on Tuesday at Newton Primary School, Chester, where parents and children set-off in a large walking bus from Lime Wood Fields Park.
“Walking to school is extremely important” said Cheshire West & Chester Council’s Environment Executive Member Neil Ritchie.
“The benefits are many, including reduced traffic congestion and pollution outside the school gates, a healthier way for children to travel as well as a safer environment.
“All schools participating have received their Walk to School booklets and pupils taking part will be joining in by walking some or all of their journey both to and from school.”
Children who live at a distance from their school are encouraged to join in by using a ‘park and stride’ scheme.
Newton Primary headteacher Mark Griffiths said: “We would encourage all children to make a big effort to walk to school during this week.
“More children are now choosing to walk, cycle or ride a scooter to school throughout the school year and this has been the main objective of our School Travel Plan.
“Our road safety officers in Year 6, Bethan and Harry, have been encouraging children to do this by speaking in our school assemblies.”