Get ready for Walktober 2019
This year we are running the amazing Walktober again and My Journey Hampshire are giving away some top prizes for families that take part.
Keep a look out for a travel plan leaflet that will come home with your child soon.
This year we have themed Walktober around the NHS’s “Five Steps to Wellbeing”. Evidence suggests that these are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:
Sustrans’ annual Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. Each spring, schools compete to see who can get the most pupils, families and staff members to arrive on two wheels. The more that do, the greater the chance to win some fantastic prizes from bike and scooter storage to cycle stunt shows by the UK’s best riders. The competition is weighted according to the size of the school, so everyone has a fair chance to win!
Walk to School Week is the Living Streets initiative which invites children and parents from around the UK to unite for one week of walking to school. To find out more about Walk to School Week and resources for schools, visit the Living Streets website.
To support walking, the Go Jauntly walking app is available to download and supports people to get active through a collection of inspiring walks. Find out more and discover local routes and tailored walking challenges.
By setting a good example you can ensure your child remains safe and develops road and traffic awareness. You might also want to follow these simple tips when crossing the road with your child.
On the pavement...
When walking near a road it is a good idea to:
hold your child's hand - don't let them run ahead
look out for and encourage your child to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways crossing the pavement
put reins on a younger child if they're not strapped in a pushchair
make sure your child walks on the side of the pavement away from the traffic
It can be hard for motorists to see small children, especially when they are reversing, so take extra care. Never let your child go near a road alone or even with an older child. Children are generally not ready to cross roads on their own until they are at least eight years old - and many will not be ready even then.
Crossing the road...
When the time comes to teach your child about crossing the road, remember the following:
You might feel that pedestrian crossings are safe, but they can still be dangerous for children if they don't take care. Remember to: