Next week me and the kids are going to do some walking…
We drive to and from school I am ashamed to say, every day. It is at least a 40 minute walk from our house and we never make it…due to time, dawdling tired little legs , things to do straight after drop off or pick up, etc. This week though we are up for the challenge that is walk to school week. Our challenge is sponsored by Kia who have provided our walking kit and we will post back on friday and let you know how we do. Some days we will walk part way sometimes we will aim to walk all the way home.
Watch this space!
Here are some quite shocking facts about walking to school and kids.
Walk to School – some useful facts
- Road traffic in Britain grew by 80% between 1980 and 2005. Car traffic makes up nearly 80% of total traffic (Department for Transport, 2004)
- The number of children travelling to school by car over the past 20 years has doubled (Department for Transport)
- In 2006, just over half (52%) of trips to school by children aged five to 10 were made on foot and 41% were made by car. (Dept for Transport: National Travel Survey 2006). In 2009, the number of journeys made by foot had fallen by 2% (50%), with 42% made by car (National Travel Survey 2008).
- One in five of the cars in the morning rush hour is on the school run (Department for Transport: National Travel Survey 2006)
- In the UK, the school run is responsible for more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, more than the total annual emissions of some small countries like Haiti or Guam.
- Driving the average school run for a year costs over £400 (based on approved mileage rates from the Inland Revenue)
- Obesity is now the second biggest cause of death after cancer (WHO 2001)
- In the European Union, inactivity is now a greater cause of illness than smoking (WHO 2002)
- 4 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls do not do the recommended minimum of one hour a day of physical activity (National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2000)
- Walking one mile (1.6km) can burn up at least 100 calories of energy and walking two miles (3.2km) a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound (0.5kg) every three weeks (Department of Health)
- Short-term and even superficial exposure to natural areas through brief walks have been found to have positive effects on mood, reducing feelings of anger and anxiety (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2003)
If you want to find out more about walking to school visit http://www.walktoschool.org.uk/