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Saturday, 02 August 2014

Call for more Cumbrian children to walk to school

Primary schools are being urged to get involved in Walk to School week.

Cumbria County Council is asking infant, junior and primary schools to take part in the national initiative in May.

More than 70 schools in Cumbria took part last year, resulting in a reduction of over 15,000 car journeys – the most since the initiative started in Cumbria over 15 years ago.

Schools wanting to take part in this year’s programme must apply by Friday, February 14.

They must contact the council’s Active Travel team, which is part of the integrated transport unit.

Schools will receive a range of national campaign materials in the form of classroom packs, including a wallchart, diaries and stickers.

Walk to School Week is being held from May 19-23. The theme will be a five-day walking challenge, which will focus on a different benefit of walking each day.

Schools are also being asked to calculate the impact of the campaign by measuring pupils’ mode of transport prior to the event.

To take part in National Walk to School Week 2014, visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/activetravel and complete an application form or www.livingstreets.org.uk.

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