Councillor Adedamola Aminu, deputy cabinet member elect for young people, is walking the walk to encourage Lambeth’s 33,000 schoolchildren, parents, carers, and teachers to leave the car at home and stride to school and to do the same on the return journey home. Ade accompanied his eight year old daughter, Oyin to Brixton’s Sudbourne primary school – on foot – to mark national Walk to School week (17 to 21 May).
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Walk Your Way’. It aims to encourage young people and their parents to discover more and learn more about their local neighbourhood by exploring it on foot. Walking to school will also help pupils learn vital road safety skills too.
Lambeth schools already actively promote safe, sustainable and active travel, and to mark national Walk to School week, the council’s school travel team are working with MOMO – an established theatre company – to deliver assemblies promoting the benefits of walking or cycling to school. There will also be poster and poetry competitions in schools around the theme of sustainable travel.
Councillor Adedamola Aminu, said; “The Walk to School initiative has many benefits – as well as reducing car dependency, it gives children the perfect opportunity to learn about their local area while helping them keep active – a vital key to fighting childhood obesity.
“If more children walk to school regularly, we can also reduce local traffic congestion around the school gate, improve safety and reduce pollution too”.
For more information about school travel plans or walking and cycling initiatives, contact Lambeth Council’s school travel plan team on 020 7926 0684 or email STP@lambeth.gov.uk.