Walk to School Week and Park and Stride with Lymington Infant School

Park and Stride for Walk to School Week

Lymington Infant School park and strideWalk to School week (16-22 May this year) is part of the Living Streets campaign - see more here.

Having already established their "Park and Stride" processes, it was a small "step" for Lymington Infant and Junior schools to take part in Walk to Shool week too.

For those who live too far away to walk the whole way to school, the simple principle of parking a little further away and walking makes it possible for everybody to take part in this initiative.

Sustainable and active travel to school

Park and stride for multiple benefits

Last month Lymington Infant and Junior schools held a special launch event for their new Park and Stride scheme.

The schools joined with Hampshire County Council as part of a national campaign to encourage alternatives to car travel on the school run.

Park and Stride is a long term scheme designed to promote walking, cycling or scooting to school in order to reduce congestion and pollution in the local area, making it a better environment in which to live and learn!

Big Bird at Lymington Infant School

(Not to mention the benefits of extra daily exercise in the battle against the growing obesity epidemic!)

Thanks to NFDC for the local free parking! 

Everyone is delighted that the New Forest District Council has supported the schools by enabling families to use the local car parks free of charge during drop off and pick up times.  A special permit is issued for this purpose. Barfields and the Town Hall car park are only 3 or 4 minutes walk away from the school, meaning that parents who live further away can safely park here and still be active as part of their journey to school.

Inspired by ‘My Journey Hampshire’, families and members of the community met bright and early at the Park and Stride car parks and set off accompanied by volunteers to walk the short distance to school. They were met by a larger than life Basil the Bird who posed for photographs and handed out stickers.

STARS award for scooting, cycling or walking

Both the Infant and Junior school have been working hard and have achieved their Bronze Modeshift STARS award which celebrates sustainable and active travel to school such as scooting, cycling or walking; the schools have also been teaching pupils the green cross code and pedestrian safety as well as scooter training.They have a number of events planned for next term. 

The recent ‘Bling my bike/scooter’ was a great success.

Both schools hope that once the scheme is established, they will see a reduction in the number of cars and a reduction in the number of parking issues which they hope will benefit the local community too.

Places still available for September 2022 at Lymington Infant School: visit its wonderful website here!

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