Green-Schools National Walk to School Week, Monday, May 16th, a celebration of choosing active and sustainable transport to school, begins today. This is the eighth year the Green-Schools programme has celebrated Walk to School Week, which is one of the key events for schools participating in the Travel theme.
This country-wide initiative which will result in thousands of pupils, their parents and teachers walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey.
The number of children who walk to school has been on the decline since the 1980s; in 1981, 50 per cent of primary students walked to school but by 2011 this figure had fallen to just 25 per cent.
On National WOW (Walk On Wednesday) Day on Wednesday May 18th, Green-Schools hopes to beat surpass last year’s figure of over 40,000 students walking to school. The week will also be an opportunity for schools to try other modes of travel including: cycling, scooting, Park ‘n’ Stride, carpooling and travelling by bus.
Action Awareness Weeks
National Walk to School Week is one of the most important action awareness weeks in the Irish school calendar and is the only one of its kind in Ireland which promotes active and sustainable travel on the journey to school.
Launching the week, Jane Hackett, National Manager for Green-Schools Travel said: “As a nation we’re not walking enough; but there’s no better place to begin than on the journey to school. The benefits are enormous and communities in which children can walk to school are happier, healthier ones, with cleaner air and reduced congestion at the school gates. We hope that National Walk to School Week can remind everyone of these benefits!