Bathampton Primary enjoys Living Streets walk to school week and an active traveller’s picnic
Bathampton Primary pupils have been getting involved in charity Living Streets’ Walk to School Week. The school supported each pupil with an activity pack to use on their journeys in and once at school they could track their progress on a class wallchart. The culmination of their efforts was a healthy picnic on arrival at school on Friday morning before the school day started to say thank you for taking on the challenge.
Head teacher Paul Falkus was delighted with the response “Families have really enjoyed this week, especially the picnic on Friday morning. It gave a real focus to our efforts to promote active travel within the school community. We are also very grateful to Marshfield Bakery for providing flapjacks and to parent and chef Jake Rigby-Wilson for preparing the fruit for over 200 children”.
Parent Governor Cheryl Cook led a family walk in from Batheaston and noticed just how few cars had parked at the school “usually the car park is pretty full, but today it was almost empty, which is great for us and does our bit to improve congestion over the busy toll bridge too. It’s amazing how much quicker you can be at school walking around the Meadows than you are when queueing to get over the bridge in the car.”
Families from Batheaston who enjoyed the walk have said that they will make the 20 minute trip together more regularly over the summer months and Chair of the safer Routes to School Group, Fiona Powell, hopes that with funds to improve local road safety set aside in the council’s budget this year, families will start to feel safer to travel actively in the winter months too. “One of our greatest challenges in encouraging a more permanent shift to active travel is safety on the busy, narrow and fast roads around the school. If we can improve safety then our hands up surveys tell us there is certainly appetite among pupils to switch to two feet or two wheels.”
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