A new pilot project is encouraging Sheffield schoolchildren to walk to school, rather than being taken in the car.
Activity Sheffield’s Walk To School Project has launched at four schools in Hillsborough, initially, with the aim of getting more kids in the city moving.
It is hoped that the pilot, which hopes to encourage children to be healthier, will also ease morning rush hour congestion, with fewer cars on the road attempting the school run.
Rob Jackson, headteacher of Hillsborough Nursery and Primary School, one of the schools chosen to take part in the pilot, said: “Our school is based in the middle of a highly populated area of Sheffield and surrounded by roads often busy with traffic - especially in the morning. We have limited parking in the immediate vicinity and we know that 50 per cent of our 440 children walk to school.
“We’re working with Activity Sheffield to find effective ways to spread the word to parents. We know that some families do not have an option as they live more than three miles away so what we’d like to do is to encourage those who have to drive to park nearby at the football ground, for example, and walk the rest of the way – let’s call it Park & Walk.
“Also we know that there are many more who could walk to school and we need to work with parents to show them the benefits, especially for the children who, after a refreshing walk to school, can enter the classroom feeling more invigorated and alert. Ultimately we want to reverse the current trend and I am pleased to say the initial response has been positive.”
Other schools participating in the pilot project include Malin Bridge Primary, Sacred Heart Primary and Hinde House Primary.