Supporting the children’s walk to school scheme in Salford

Urban Vision has played a key role in supporting TfGM’s work with Living Streets for their Walk to School (WOW) project, a year-round challenge which aims to get more children walking to school so that they can enjoy the benefits that walking brings and help ensure all streets are suitable for pedestrians.

The scheme works by encouraging pupils to log their daily journeys to school each day on a travel tracker.

Staff from Urban Vision worked to recruit and support schools taking part in the project and attended School Route Audits to help identify barriers and obstructions faced by children and their families whilst walking to school and identify solutions so that improvements can be made for future journeys.The level of support offered by Urban Vision meant that the scheme was offered to more schools in Salford than in any other area of Greater Manchester, with the Salford area seeing a 27% increase in walking, compared to an average 23% increase nationally.

Living Streets’ Manchester Coordinator, Charlotte McHugh, said:

“I am grateful for the on-going support and commitment of Alex from Urban Vision and the team at the Walk to School programme (TfGM and Living Streets) and am very pleased that we will be continuing to work together to encourage more families to travel sustainably to school over the coming academic year.”