Initiative encourages more children to walk to school

08.44 | 14 June 2011 |

More than 100 pupils from primary schools in Aber Valley, Wales, took part in a mass guided walk along a newly created ‘safe route’, as part of an initiative to encourage more children to walk to school.

Cllr Vera Jenkins, Caerphilly County Borough Council mayor, joined the children as they walked to their local comprehensive, St Cenydd School in Caerphilly, before taking part in a series of road safety and sustainability themed activities.

This event was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council to encourage more primary school children to walk and cycle when they move to secondary school.

The new pedestrian and cycling route from Senghenydd to St Cenydd School was developed as part of the Safe Routes in Communities project which was funded by The Welsh Government and the Regional Transport Plan Grant.

Cllr Rob Gough, cabinet member for public protection, engineering and transport, said: “Initiatives like this are an excellent way to encourage pupils to lead a healthier lifestyle, by allowing them to enjoy a daily walk or cycle in the fresh air with their friends.

“This new route, which follows the old railway line, has been opened up for everyone to use and we want the whole community to make good use of it in the future.”

For more information contact Susan Davies on 01495 235402.


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