Call for parents to get children walking to school across Lichfield and Burntwood

Parents across Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to get their children to walk to school.

As well as promoting health, Staffordshire County Council says it hopes taking cars off the road during Walk to School Month could also cut congestion.

Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for transport and highways, said: “Arriving at school on foot or two wheels has so many benefits – not only does it help to keep parents and children fit and healthy, it can also save families up to £400 per year on car costs.

“Walking also helps to ease congestion on our busy roads and make them safer for pedestrians.”

Figures reveal that just 46% of children walk to school, while campaigners Living Streets say research shows pupils who walk are more alert in the classroom.

Cllr Deaville insisted that those who live too far away from the gates to walk direct can still take action.

“We want to encourage people to Have fun and leave the stress of driving behind them,” he said. “Even if you live too far away from the school to walk all of the way you can park and stride by walking part of the way.

“we’re always looking for volunteers for our walking buses too, so if you think you could help out then please get in touch with your local school.”

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6 Comments

  1. Nic Davies

    14th October, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I think it’s a really good idea to walk to school if you can but here’s why I don’t, and probably why most other parents choose not to walk:
    School doesn’t start early enough for me to walk my child to school, walk home, then get the car and get to work.
    Lichfield council ( in their wisdom) instead of building a school near the brand new housing estate, to cater for children from that estate, used an existing building on a road that not only has two full to capacity primary schools, but is the HGV alternate route through Lichfield, therefore to get to that school on foot is like dicing with death with no pedestrian crossing at Birmingham Road/upper St Johns street, which the route we take from the new housing estate, and will be the route that a lot of the children attending the new school will take in years to come.
    If you want to encourage walking, perhaps put a few more safety measures in place Cllr.

  2. Atilla the Nun

    15th October, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Nic is bang on the money. There needs to be a pedestrian crossing somewhere around the Upper St John St/Birmingham Rd junction, as crossing at the crossroads during rush hour is an exercise in suicide. Especially when some drivers ignore the red lights to save themselves 30 seconds queuing for the next green.

    If I may suggest, Nic, a quieter and safer pedestrian option to get to Cherry Orchard from the Darwin-end of Birmingham Road, I can recommend walking via Ivanhoe Road & Chapel Lane. Much quieter, and there’s a zebra crossing across the A51 by King Edwards. Not the shortest or quickest route, but certainly the safer option for kids.

  3. Darryl

    15th October, 2015 at 11:41 am

    My tuppence worth, as a new resident of Birmingham Road in Shenstone. I agree with Nic (to coin a phrase!) there are numerous 30mph signs along Birmingham Road from the roundabout near The Bull, to the 50mph zone just past the end of the Shenstone village sign.

    They are roundly ignored.

    Cars, HGV and vans zoom along this road. Occasionaly the camera van parks on the verge by the tennis court, but this is for a few hours in a month.

    Houses being on either side of the road, a pedestrian crossing, Greysbrook Primary School, a shop & takeaway and bins blocking the narrow paving on a Wednesday, it surely is a candidate for an average speed camera set-up?

    If someone can find the money to put an average speed camera on the dual carriage way between Basset’s Pole and the M6 Toll roundabout, for what reason heaven knows why, then surely the funds can be found for a stretch of road that pedestrians actually walk down?

    Or did the M6 Toll owners pay for it… I have my suspicions!

  4. Atilla the Nun

    15th October, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Similarly, Darryl -and sorry for hijacking the thread- the A38 has suffered numerous accidents in the past 2 weeks. An installation of average speed cameras on this busy road should yield lower accident numbers and even boost LDC’s coffers to invest in better road safety features in the city. Traffic in the area really does need calming, for pedestrian safety, and drivers too.

  5. Darryl

    15th October, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Agree completely Atilla, wasn’t that long ago someone was killed walking along Streethay.

  6. Mikesmith

    15th October, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    The speed cameras currently on the A38 are located in completely the wrong section. The current average speed stretch is probably one of the safer parts.
    The Lichfield-Willington (A50) is a complete and utter death trap. I travel most days and witness near misses every other day! The issue is too many short slip roads/ concealed exits/poor road markings/narrow carriageway to cope with the current speed limit!
    Couldn’t agree more on the need for crossings AND right turn filter lights by ford garage and others around Lich!!