Harrogate District
Walk to School Day

Friday 18 June

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We need to build better transport habits within our community and help combat the effects of climate change and protect our planet! That is why we are launching this regular, half-termly event.

At 28% above the UK average, road transport is the largest contributor to carbon emissions in the Harrogate District.
Petrol and diesel cars produce gases that warm our atmosphere, which causes unpredictable and extreme weather conditions. This leads to many problems, not only for polar bears in the Arctic, but also right here on our doorstep with heavy rain and floods. We need to find a way to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use, ideally down to zero.

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Be a ZERO HERO and simply swap the car for your feet!

On this day, primary and secondary schools across the district will ditch their car and walk or cycle to school. Those that live far away will use public transport/car for part of the journey, then ‘park and stride’ the last mile. It all adds up!


The physical and mental health benefits of exercise are well known, with studies also showing that walking to school improves concentration and helps pupils arrive ready to learn. Making the journey on foot, by bike or using public transport means fewer vehicles on the road, benefitting the wider community with less traffic and cleaner air. 

Every mile counts!

We will be logging the miles walked (or cycled), and carbon saved by schools across our district - so please help put your school at the top of the leader board!

For more information and your FREE event pack, containing everything you will need, including posters and communications suggestions, contact schools.zch@gmail.com