The Mayor of the West Midlands met with pupils at Yorkswood Primary School, Solihull to mark the start of Living Streets’ Walk to School Week, hearing first-hand why the pupils there enjoy walking to school.
Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. It aims to encourage families to try healthier and greener ways to travel to school.
Pupils at Yorkswood Primary School already take part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets which sees walk to school rates increase by 23 per cent on average, with a 30 per cent reduction in cars around the school gates.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “I thoroughly enjoyed joining the Yorkswood children for their morning walk to school.
“The school is doing fantastic work with Living Streets to encourage their children and families to get more exercise like this because active kids are healthier, happier and do better at school. Not only that, but walking to school means less cars on the road, helping to tackle climate change and congestion.
“These are critical issues for the West Midlands, and through the WMCA we are doing what we can to help reduce them – including through our #WM2041 climate vision, and by investing in projects like our new Starley Network, which is designed to make cycling safer, easier, and more enjoyable.”
Mary Creagh, chief executive, Living Streets said: “Every child should be able to walk to school safely, and enjoy the fresh air, freedom, friendship and fun that it brings.
“I’m thrilled Andy Street was able to join pupils today to see what difference can be made when families are supported to leave the car at home for the school journey.”