Every October is International Walk to School Month. To mark it this year we invited partners and supporters to suggest ideas that would get more children walking to school.

 

As you would expect, we have plenty of ideas of our own. Here are some you sent us.

 

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  1. Incentives for children
  2. Interventions for adults
  3. Inspiration for decision-makers
  • The majority of our submissions were ideas to make walking to school more enticing for children.

     - Games to play on the way or in class
     - Fun ways to get to and from school
     - Rewards for those who stick to it.

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  • There plenty of ideas that were about things relatives, teachers or neighbours can do to enable more children to get to school.

     - Volunteers to accompany groups of children
     - Walking buses
     - Teachers freeing up parking spots for children's scooters

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  • Some of you went right to the top, suggesting ways our rules can support the walk to school.

     - vehicle exclusion zones
     - speed limits
     - restrictions on large vehicles
     - school selection

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Need more inspiration to get walking?

Take a look at our Silver Clarion Award winning film, produced with the Media Trust.

 

Share your smart idea for getting more children walking.

It could be a scheme you have seen in your area or further afield. It could be a clever idea you have come up with yourself - or perhaps you have recently started walking to school yourselves.

Let us know so we can reverse the decline in walking to school.

We spoke to fellow walking experts in Australia and Canada.

Map of Australia

In Australia, projects that encourage whole communities to walk more, creating busier, more vibrant streets, are a key approach to getting more children walking to school.

Walking to school in Australia

Map of Canada

In Canada, harsh winter weather can be a major obstacle - but imaginative schemes like 'Winter Walking Days' (with hot chocolate rewards!) are proving effective.

Walking to school in Canada

As kids, we enjoyed walking to school because it was fun. Now, as adults, we understand all the additional reasons that active school travel is so important. It allows children to get to know their neighbourhoods, get exercise, and improve their concentration levels at school.

Armi De Francia and Laura Zeglen, Canadian School Travel Planners

Walk to school success stories from closer to home...

Walk to school memories

This mum's lovely message got us thinking about all the memories we make on the walk to school.

Car-free zones in Edinburgh

Scheme sees streets outside several primary schools closed to motorised vehicles at peak times.