New walk to school scheme making strides
A new walk-to-school scheme in Petersfield is aiming to encourage children to be more healthy while cutting congestion on the roads.
Schools across East Hampshire are being encouraged to start up Park and Stride walking groups, giving children a safe alternative to the traditional school run.
The latest such scheme was set up by Herne Junior School, in Petersfield. Permits have been issued to parents allowing them to park at the Festival Hall Car Park, and they can either walk with them along the riverside walk or drop them off to walk with friends.
Similar schemes have been launched in St Lawrence School in Alton and Four Marks Primary School.
Tony Markham, headteacher at Herne Junior School, said: “I’m grateful to East Hampshire District Council for helping us with this scheme which will help us to promote a healthier lifestyle for the children.
“By ditching the car, pupils can walk, cycle or scoot into school and get their heart rates higher in the process. This gets the children into the habit of exercise keeping them fit for later life.”
Liza Brolly, community officer at East Hampshire District Council, said: “This scheme is a great, safe and managed way to get kids some fresh air and exercise in the morning and to avoid congestion near the school.”