Parents and pupils ‘Park & Stride’ to mark International Walk to School month

Grace Wadge (left) and Ben Samuels (right) from Boldon School join Tracey Tough from Asda to launch 'Park & Stride’

Pupils and parents from Boldon School in South Tyneside took to the streets in support of International Walk to School Month in October thanks to a little help from their local Asda Supercentre.

Parents who normally drive their children to school were invited to use the car park at Asda Boldon Supercentre to ‘Park & Stride’ the remaining half-mile journey to Boldon School.

Organised by Living Streets (www.livingstreets.org.uk), and delivered on behalf of Schools Go Smarter  (www.gosmarter.co.uk), Park & Stride is a sustainable transport initiative established specifically for families that live a long way from school and are unable to walk the whole way. As well as reducing congestion on the roads around schools, it also promotes a healthy and greener start to the school day.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families from South Tyneside Council, said: “The Park & Stride campaign at Boldon School was a fantastic start to International Walk to School month which took place throughout October. It involved hundreds of schools in more than 40 countries and is a fantastic way to encourage pupils and parents to add some walking into their journey which, as well as providing lots of health benefits, relieves congestion on the roads at busy commuter times.”

Ed Laschet from Living Streets said: “Park & Stride has proved to be very successful across the country. Local churches, shopping centres and town halls have offered free parking to parents and children so they can complete their journey on foot. We’re delighted to be working with the team at Asda Boldon Supercentre, they’ve been so supportive of the campaign. We hope many parents will continue to use the Park & Stride facilities offered by Asda.”

David Fairclough, Assistant Head Teacher at Boldon School said: “We are committed to encouraging healthy and active travel for our pupils. We are excited to be able to work with Asda to promote Park & Stride during International Walk to School month and beyond. We will also be taking part in regular walking challenges as part of Living Streets’ exciting transitions project.”

Tracy Tough, Community Life Champion at Asda Boldon Supercentre said: “We’ve loved working with Schools Go Smarter and Boldon School on this fantastic initiative. We can provide a safe and convenient place for parents to park giving pupils the opportunity to get active in the morning. It’s been a great opportunity for Asda Boldon to support the local community and encourage more people to consider sustainable travel. The trial week as part of International Walk to School month proved to be so successful we’re continuing to offer Park & Stride facilities to parents and pupils at Boldon School.”

For more information about Park & Stride, International Walk to School Month and other schools’ walking initiatives, please visit www.gosmarter.co.uk/schools