Every October is International Walk to School Month - an opportunity for children to join hundreds of thousands of pupils across the globe celebrating the walk to school.

Happy children waving

Living Streets wants to work with parents and carers to help get more children walking to school. Are you in?

I am in

How parents and carers can support the walk to school

  1. Incentives for children
  2. Interventions for adults
  3. Inspiration for decision-makers
  • Your 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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  • Your ideas for 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

    Find out more

  • Ways our rules can support the walk to school.

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

    Find out more

Talking shoes

Need more inspiration to get walking?

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

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.

Wansdyke Primary School, Bristol

How one school 's commitment to walking to school with us culminated in a hugely successful Park & Stride scheme.

Our impact

School road closure in Camden

How Living Streets worked with a London school and its local council to close its street to traffic.