This week was "Walk to School" week in England. I wonder if it actually made a difference to the number of kids venturing to school on foot? I wonder if fuel bills have been lower and if the environment has benefited ever so slightly? There has been no evidence of increased foot-fall along Welsh pavements over the last five days despite the sunshine. There were still as many cars battling into the school car park, the same rush hour scurry! Why, oh why are children not encouraged to walk to and from school when we all know the benefits of regular exercise?
A ten minute walk to school would ensure our young were bright and alert for their educational day. A walk home together would allow you to discuss the day before the rush to start the tea whilst competing with "Balamory" or "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as it is in our house at the moment. But what if you live far from your child’s school? Have to drop off on the way to work? Well, you could park five minutes walk away. This would have multiple benefits – lower stress levels on the parking front, increased child safety as you are parking away from the congestion, not to mention the fresh air and exercise. Maybe after the half term, eh!