Best Foot Forward in Caerphilly
Caerphilly puts its best foot forward for Walk to School Week 2017
A record number of children across Caerphilly took part in Walk to School Week 2017, ditching the car in favour of fresh air and exercise!
An impressive 8,000 pupils across 32 Primary Schools took part in the annual initiative which celebrates the health and social benefits of walking to school. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road safety Team deliver resources to those schools taking part, working closely with pupil Eco Committees and Junior Road Safety Officers in order to allow the pupils to help run the activities in school. As a result, schools have reported less traffic and congestion and pupils have been wide awake and ready to learn by the time they arrive at school, these are two of the most important immediate effects of walking to school.
Walking to school isn’t just for Walk to School Week, schools encourage pupils to walk, ride or scoot to school throughout the year. Twenty Schools also have organised walking buses, where pupils, parents and teachers walk to school together, encouraging pupils to lead healthier lifestyles whilst enjoying the company of friends.
Cllr. Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member for Economy, Infrastructure, Sustainability & Well Being of Future Generations said: “Walking to school is a fantastic way for children for children to start their day. It provides them with the opportunity to get some exercise, fresh air and socialise with their friends. I am pleased that Caerphilly County Borough Council continues to support the development and operation of a number of organised walking buses across the county borough.”