Schools across England are set to benefit from new funding to get more children walking to school, Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced today (28 September).

Living Streets has been awarded £1 million to boost the number of children walking to school. Our ‘Walk to School Outreach Programme’ – which has already generated four million new walking trips – is being extended to roll out further measures to support walking.

This includes tackling the barriers which may prevent children and their families choosing to walk to and from school, as well as providing schools with classroom materials and access to local coordinators who can help schools get new walking initiatives up and running.

The funding will also allow an additional 300 schools to take part in Living Streets’ Walk to School Week next week (5-9 October).

Walking to school

Cycling and Walking Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said:

“Cycling and walking is good for people and the planet’s health, so we want half of all journeys being cycled or walked by 2030. To do that, we must encourage young people to see cycling and walking as normal as getting the bus or train. 

“This funding will support schools and local communities to get more children walking to school and set up bike surgeries that will help children get their bikes ready to roll - so they can start their day healthy and happy!”

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.

“We are delighted that this new funding will help us support more families to choose walking, and cut congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution across the country.

“It’s vital that we scale up for walking to protect children and families from the physical and social isolation the pandemic has brought, and to tackle the twin epidemics of loneliness and obesity.”

We are delighted that this new funding will help us support more families to choose walking, and cut congestion, carbon emissions and air pollution across the country.

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets