Picture of Strider, the walk to school mascot

Strider, our walk to school mascot, was so impressed with the efforts that WOW schools in West Yorkshire have been making to walk more often, that they decided to pay them a visit.  

Over the course of four days (7-10 March), Strider visited 11 local schools that run WOW, our walk to school challenge. Our mascot was delighted to meet so many pupils, staff, local councillors and parents and hear all about the great strides they are making to travel more sustainably to school. Check out the video of the tour! 

Image of Strider and Jessie Davidson
Barkisland CE Primary School pupils joined by Cllr Alexandra Greenwood, Cllr Peter Hunt and Strider (the walk to school mascot)

Barkisland CE Primary School pupils are joined by Cllr Alexandra Greenwood, Cllr Peter Hunt and Strider

The visits took place at schools across the five West Yorkshire districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, where Living Streets is working with over 100 schools to deliver WOW. 

Along with Living Streets’ Coordinators, Jessie Davidson and Dom Jacques, Strider helped deliver WOW Ambassador training, WOW badge celebration assemblies, classroom visits, school gate sessions and even a few lunchtime playground ‘dance-offs’, where Strider was keen to show off some moves! 

WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. Pupils who walk, wheel, cycle or scoot at least once a week for a month are rewarded with a badge. 

A generation ago, 70 per cent of primary school aged children walked to school, now it’s less than half. However, WOW schools typically see an increase in walking rates of 23 per cent with a 30 per cent reduction in cars driving to the school gates. 

We are looking forward to expanding our work in the area over the year ahead.