Local MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner joined pupils in his constituency today (Friday 5 October) to celebrate the strides they’ve made to improve their health and local congestion.
Pupils at St Luke’s Primary School in Cambridge are walking to school for International Walk to School Month this October, and invited their local MP to join them on the morning journey. They were also joined by Living Streets, the UK charity behind the walk to school campaign, and their mascot, Strider.
Pupils shared with Daniel Zeichner MP the benefits they’ve experienced whilst walking to school – from feeling healthier and catching up with friends to reducing the number of cars outside the school gates.
For International Walk to School Month, Living Streets released research (YouGov 2018) which revealed that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run – specifically too many cars around school gates; cars parking on the pavements; and too much traffic on the journey.
Living Streets is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run so more families are encouraged to walk to school.
Daniel Zeichner MP said:
“There are clear benefits on offer for children when they walk to school. It’s a chance for them to move more and get some exercise – great for their physical and mental health.
“At the same time, the local community benefits from less congestion, improved air quality and safer streets."