Kids step out for Walk to School Week

Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009
Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009

Scottish Borders Council is encouraging local parents and children to take part in Walk to School Week, May 18-22.

Across the Borders, as many as possible of the 6,500 primary and nursery pupils in 35 primary schools are being challenged to swap cars for walking shoes and look at ways they can adopt more sustainable travel behaviour habits.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education said: “There is no doubt that walking is a healthy way to travel to school and is a great form of exercise. It also provides the opportunity to learn one of the most important life skills – how to cross the road safely.

“In addition, research shows that children who walk to school arrive more alert and ready to learn. It also means there are fewer cars on the road and reduces congestion outside schools at the beginning and end of each day.”