Parents in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to ditch the car and take part in Walk to School Week.

The campaign, which starts on Monday (20th May), marks the 20th anniversary of the walking bus scheme in Staffordshire.

A walking bus scheme

The county council says that more than 60 walking bus schemes operate across the region and is keen to see more.

A walking bus takes the same route to school every day, picking up children along the way, led by trained parent volunteers who walk the children safely to school.

Cllr Helen Fisher, Cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We’ve been working closely with schools over the last few years to encourage more parents and their children to walk to school.

“Walking or even scooting or cycling to school has so many benefits for the community and it’s something we are keen to see more of. Not only does it help to keep families fit and healthy but it helps to ease congestion and reduce air pollution outside our busy schools.” 

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