Jeff Smith MP joined pupils from his Manchester Withington constituency on Friday (20 January) to hear first-hand about the benefits they are experiencing from walking to school.
Manchester Muslim Preparatory School takes part in WOW – the walk to school challenge from charity Living Streets. WOW sees pupils record how they get to school using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker with those who walk, wheel, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ to school being awarded a monthly WOW badge.
Nationally, 43 per cent of 5–10-year-olds are driven to school. However, just 27 per cent of journeys recorded on the WOW Travel Tracker by pupils at Manchester Muslim Preparatory School are car trips all the way to the school gates.
Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington said:
“It was a real pleasure to start the day by walking to school with pupils from Manchester Muslim Preparatory School and hearing from them how much they enjoy their walk to school.
“It’s great to see how the school has been working with Living Streets to create an active travel plan and a safe route to school. Walking to school can do wonders for our health and it’s good for our local environment. I hope this inspires other families to leave the car at home and walk to school.”
Stephen Edwards, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“It’s fantastic to see how many pupils at Manchester Muslim Preparatory School have been getting active on their journey to school. We’re pleased Jeff Smith MP was able to join them to celebrate their achievements and to hear first-hand about the benefits they are experiencing.
“Walking to school helps children to meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day needed to stay fit, healthy and happy. It provides the perfect opportunity for families to spend time together and can also save money on transport costs and reduce carbon emissions from motor vehicles.”
On average WOW schools see a 30% reduction in car journeys taken to the school gates and a 23% increase in walking rates. Manchester Muslim Preparatory School is one of over 15 schools running the WOW programme in Manchester.