Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Pupils Take Part In Walk To School Week

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Children in Carmarthenshire have been finding out about the benefits of walking to school. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pupils from Lakefield Primary School in Llanelli, Ponyates Primary School and Ysgol Feithrin Rhydaman all took part in Walk to School Week – joined by the council’s road safety mascot Gary Gosafe. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The national campaign encourages children and their parents as well as teachers to leave the car at home and walk or cycle to school instead. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Not only is it healthier as it helps keep you fit, but it is better for the environment by cutting down on pollution and it is educational – children can learn to use the roads safely and responsibly. It is also less stressful than driving and can help you save money! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Executive Board Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Walking to school can be fun and a great opportunity for some regular exercise. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Large numbers of cars parked outside schools can be dangerous for children crossing the road. They also produce a concentration of exhaust fumes and children are among those groups who are most at risk from air pollution. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“By walking to school children will also be able to practise their road safety skills.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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