Strider, the mascot for WOW, Living Streets’ national walk to school challenge, joined the crowd celebrating the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham today (Thursday 28 July).


Strider and members of Living Streets, the charity behind the walk to school campaign, joined the hundreds of people celebrating the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay came to its conclusion at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham after a 294-day journey across the Commonwealth.

176 schools in the West Midlands take part in WOW – the walk to school challenge from Living Streets. WOW sees pupils record how they get to school on the interactive WOW Travel Tracker.

Those who walk, wheel, cycle or scoot to school at least once a week are awarded with a monthly WOW badge. Schools that take part in WOW typically enjoy a 23 per cent increase in walk to school rates, with a 30 per cent reduction in cars around the school gates.

Raji Takhar, Project Coordinator (Birmingham) at Living Streets, said:

"At Living Streets, we’re all about instilling healthy habits for life by encouraging and enabling more families to walk to school.

"The pupils from our WOW schools in Birmingham are really excited that the Games are being hosted here this year. We wanted to go along today with Strider to celebrate what can happen when you take steps to stay healthy and active.