Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today backed the Walk to School Week campaign.
Walk to School Week (17-21 May) is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. It aims to encourage families to walk, wheel, cycle or scoot to school and see the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates.
Living streets have been campaigning for a better walking environment for over 90 years and were behind the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits. Today, they campaign for better streets, and work with schools, communities, and workplaces to get people walking.
Andrew Gwynne said:
‘Walking reduces congestion, improves road safety and means we have cleaner air.
I’ve backed initiatives in Greater Manchester to improve walking and cycling routes, so am delighted to be supporting this campaign.
I hope lots of families in Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons make the most of Walk to School Week’.
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“Walk to School Week is a fun, inclusive, free and simple activity, which improves the physical and mental wellbeing of children and celebrates walking for all.
“Pupils enjoy the health and happiness that comes from walking, while schools and local communities enjoy reduced congestion and pollution.
“We’re thrilled that families nationwide are joining us this week and enjoying the fresh air, fun, freedom, and friendship that walking to school brings.”
Walk to School Week takes place from the 17-21 May. For more information on the Walk to School Week campaign visit their website.