Thousands Take Part in International Walk to School Month
Twenty schools located across Caerphilly County Borough have been taking part in International Walk to School Month throughout October.
Supported by Caerphilly's Road Safety Team, almost 5,000 pupils have taken up the challenge of walking to school.
Embracing active school travel, the pupils in all 20 schools have recorded the amount of walking, cycling and scooting to school with rewards for the classes with the most sustainable journeys.
The Road Safety Team have also appointed pupils to the role of Junior Road Safety Officers and they have played a vital role in encouraging their peers to walk to school by presenting information in school assemblies.
Junior Road Safety Officers at Ty Isaf Infant School have also been inspired to write poetry about Walk to School Month.
Cllr. Sean Morgan, Cabinet Member responsible for Sustainability commented, “The pupils are always keen to get involved in International Walk to School Month and do their bit to help the environment by swapping car journeys for more sustainable modes of transport such as bikes and scooters or walking. I am so pleased that once again we have 20 schools on board to take up the challenge and hopefully it will become a permanent change for those involved.”
In addition to the special effort made to support the global challenge, the Road Safety Team continue to support the development of walking buses, which have proved popular in a number of schools, with more than 20 in operation. Schools have reported that since the inception of the walking buses there has been less traffic and congestion reported and the pupils involved are wide awake and ready to learn when they arrive at school.