Andy Street went back to school today (June 21) to celebrate the strides children have made to get healthier by walking to school.
The Mayor of the West Midlands met with pupils at Langley Primary School, the Solihull school he attended as a boy, to hear first-hand why they enjoy walking to school rather than being dropped off.
Pupils currently walk to school as part of the WOW challenge, set up by the Living Streets charity, to help improve their health whilst also reducing congestion and pollution from cars around school gates.
Mr Street, who chairs the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), said: “It has been great to come back to the primary school I attended as a child and see the fantastic work being done to encourage travelling actively here.
“It is brilliant to see Living Streets’ WOW challenge inspiring so many families to walk, scoot or cycle to school. They are fun and easy ways to build more activity into the day – and active kids are healthier, happier and do better at school.
“Through the WMCA, we are investing in making walking and cycling safer, easier and more enjoyable - helping to tackle climate change and reduce congestion on the region’s roads in the process.”