Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner, local government leaders and transport experts will come together to discuss how to get more children in Scotland walking to school at Living Streets Scotland’s Walking Summit (21 April 2021).

Currently just over half of pupils (51%) travel to school in an active way – either walking, scooting or cycling - with 23 per cent being driven the whole way. However, in schools that run WOW – the year-round walk to school initiative from Living Streets Scotland, that nearly halves, with just 12 per cent being driven the whole way to school. 

Children walking to school

The Scotland Walking Summit will look at how to engage more schools and local authorities with behaviour change initiatives, such as WOW, along with wider changes that need to be made to allow children to travel to school in healthier and more sustainable ways, including initiatives such as School Streets, play streets, and Spaces for People.

Joining Lee Craigie, Scotland's Active Nation Commissioner, will be Councillor Anna Richardson (Glasgow City Council), Professor Alison Stenning (Newcastle University and PlayMeetStreet North Tyneside) and former UK Shadow Transport Secretary and Living Streets’ Chief Executive, Mary Creagh, amongst others.

Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland said:

“With pupils now back at school, continuing to enable families to choose healthy ways to make the journey there will be an important part of ensuring roads aren’t overwhelmed with cars. 

“We know from our work with schools across Scotland that families are put off walking to school by traffic, road danger and air pollution. Our Walking Summit is chance to come together and talk about how we can remove these barriers so more families can experience the benefits and joy of walking to school.”

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Scotland Walking Summit