Walking initiatives

Our Transport Planning and Safety Education teams work closely to offer schools a variety of schemes, projects and campaigns around walking that help promote and encourage healthy, safe and active travel to school.

International Walk to School Month (all schools)

International Walk to School Month is a month long celebration of walking to school held in October. It is a good time to start any walking activities or events, such as sponsored walks and competitions to promote the importance of walking.

Walk Once a Week (WoW) (primary schools)

WoW is a year round weekly incentive based walking scheme. It encourages parents and pupils to walk to school at least once a week. Independent evaluations of the WoW scheme show a measurable positive impact on increasing walking levels.

Running WoW in your school is an ideal responsibility for School Councils or Junior Safety Officers to co-ordinate. To set up a WoW:

  • Register your school for the scheme with the STP officer
  • Receive a wall chart quarterly
  • Teacher/Junior Safety Officer fills out wall chart and requests badges every month

For more information on the WoW scheme and further activities, competitions and resources please visit the Living Streets site.

Walking bus (all schools)

If you are considering starting a walking bus please contact us for advice.

Street Feet (Key stage 1 and nursery)

This role play set teaches the importance of finding and using safe places to cross the road and working out safe routes to and from school. Find out information about Street Feet.

Richmond Safe Walking (Year 3)

This practical road side training course encourages children to think about traffic hazards, learn how to deal with them and to plan routes that make use of crossing facilities where they are available. Find out more information about Richmond Safe Walking.

Updated: 6 November 2014