More schools in Bath and North East Somerset are being asked to celebrate this year’s Walk to School Week by encouraging long-term sustainable travel to and from the school gates.
And to mark the event which takes place next week, one of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s school crossing patrol team is set to be celebrated for 20 years’ service at Widcombe Infant and Junior Schools.
Rob Stanley has been helping families cross the road safely at the schools for the past two decades and his service is being acknowledged in a celebration next week by the schools and by the council leader, Councillor Kevin Guy.
Walk to School Week 2021 is a national event taking place from May 17 to 21 celebrating walking to school and highlights the benefits for the environment and people’s health.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s vision is that every child should be able to travel to school in a healthy, sustainable and safe way and encourage schools to support this by making a School Travel Plan tailored to their school.
Twenty-seven schools in B&NES have already developed a School Travel Plan via Modeshift STARS, the national awards scheme that recognises schools that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Two of the schools, Bathampton Primary School and Chew Stoke Church School, are the only schools in the West of England to achieve a gold award.
Walk to School Week is a five-day walking challenge celebrating walking to school and is organised by UK everyday walking charity Living Streets.