Every October is International Walk to School Month - and this year we are looking at how we make the Walk to School safer and easier.


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Ways to celebrate International Walk to School Month



Five-day Walking Challenge

Our Five-day Walking Challenge is the perfect activity to celebrate International Walk to School Month - order now and start your challenge any week that suits your school.

The classrooms packs and activities are built to make the pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

This year is Living Streets' 90th anniversary, so we have decided to take pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of our greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years.

five-day challenge packs




Happy Shoesday

Happy Shoesday is our fundraising event, raising money to create safer streets for all. Start the new school year with the right step - register to take part on Tuesday 1 October. On the day, children walk to school in their happy shoes and donate a suggested donation of £1 towards our charitable work to create safer streets for all.

Sign your school up today
and help raise funds for Living Streets who have been working to make streets safer for all since 1929.



More than a third of parents’ biggest concern is overcrowding at the school gates. In 2017, 38% of children killed on our roads were pedestrians. Last year, this rose to over half (58%)
We need to make our streets safer for children walking.


Happy Shoesday




Watch our road closure videos

School road closures are transformative, removing the congestion, pollution and other hazards posed by cars to put pupils and families first.

We visited two schools that are taking part in WOW, our year-round walk to school challenge, to find out how they work and how taking part has benefited pupils, parents and teachers.

how you can get more children walking to school

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Download our Family Walk to School Kit and join our movement.

Family Walk to School Kit

More for parents



Find out about our groundbreaking Walk to School challenges.

Walk to School

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Policy makers

Our report contains 21 recommendations for promoting walking to school.

Download our report - pdf

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Need more inspiration to get walking?

Take a look at our Silver Clarion Award winning film, produced with the Media Trust.

We spoke to fellow walking experts in Australia and Canada.

Map of Australia

In Australia, projects that encourage whole communities to walk more, creating busier, more vibrant streets, are a key approach to getting more children walking to school.

Walking to school in Australia

Map of Canada

In Canada, harsh winter weather can be a major obstacle - but imaginative schemes like 'Winter Walking Days' (with hot chocolate rewards!) are proving effective.

Walking to school in Canada

As kids, we enjoyed walking to school because it was fun. Now, as adults, we understand all the additional reasons that active school travel is so important. It allows children to get to know their neighbourhoods, get exercise, and improve their concentration levels at school.

Armi De Francia and Laura Zeglen, Canadian School Travel Planners

Walk to school success stories from closer to home...

When your daughter is off to a "big" school s…

This mum's lovely message got us thinking about all the memories we make on the walk to school.

Wansdyke Primary School, Bristol

How one school 's commitment to walking to school with us culminated in a hugely successful Park & Stride scheme.

Our impact

School road closure in Camden

How Living Streets worked with a London school and its local council to close its street to traffic.