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MP puts best foot forward to celebrate walking successes

Pupils at Ewell Grove Primary School, Ewell, celebrated walking to school for International Walk to School Month this October by welcoming the minister for local transport into their morning school run.

The school takes part in WOW, Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge, which currently encourages almost 400,000 children to get walking across the UK. Walking rates have increased by 40 per cent within a year at the school with 60% of pupils now walking to school.

Chris Grayling MP was shown the Living Streets Travel Tracker; the interactive system which tracks how children have travelled to school and is used to monitor the scheme’s success. He spoke with children who are walked to school about the benefits they’re experiencing before handing out WOW badges to children who travelled actively.

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets, said:

“It’s really great to have Ewell Grove Primary School on board our WOW challenge. Walking to school is an enjoyable experience and is an easy way for children to fit some valuable exercise into their day, at a time when there is a looming crisis of physical inactivity.

“What’s more, teachers tell us that pupils who walk to school arrive feeling more alert and ready to learn.

“I’m delighted that local MP and front bencher Chris Grayling was able to join us to see WOW in action. October is International Walk to School Month so it’s a great time for everyone to try swapping four wheels for two feet.”

Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said:

“Congratulations to all the dedicated walkers receiving their WOW badges this October.

“I’m a zealous pedestrian so I think it is fantastic that so many children at Ewell Grove School walk to school. It is a great way for children to keep fit and healthy. It can be fun and sociable too and tackles local congestion.

I would like to see more parents and pupils choosing to walk to school, not only in Ewell but nationwide. With International Walk to School Month running this October, hopefully more people will follow in these pupils’ footsteps.