Living Streets Scotland has earned national success for helping children across the country get active and stay healthy through its walk to school programme and Travel Tracker.
The 15th Annual Scottish Transport Awards (held on 15 June) recognise excellence, innovation and progress across all areas of transport in Scotland. The charity took home the ‘Excellence in Walking & Public Realm’ award for WOW, their year-round walk to school challenge which rewards primary school pupils who walk to school at least once a week with a monthly collectible badge, helping create healthy habits for life.
Living Streets Scotland worked with local authorities and the Scottish Government's Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme to raise awareness of travel choices and encourage more sustainable options for the journey to school in over 250 schools during 2016/17. Participating WOW schools have shown a 13 per cent increase in walking and a similar percentage reduction in cars around the school gates.
As part of WOW, the innovative Travel Tracker online tool enables schools to easily record journeys. 3.4 million journeys were recorded on the Travel Tracker in schools across 18 local authority areas in Scotland during 2016. Of these journeys 2.6 million were active in part or total.
Chris Thompson, Schools and Projects Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland, said:
“I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of our staff who have worked extremely hard this year in schools up and down the country to encourage more families to walk to school.
“It also recognises the dedication and enthusiasm we’ve seen from pupils and staff across Scotland. We’re thrilled that so many schools are taking part in WOW and seeing some great results. Hopefully this award will encourage more people to get up on their feet and experience the many benefits walking to school can bring to our health and happiness.”