Harrogate District
Walk to School Day

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The next one is Friday 4 February

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 launched this regular, half-termly event, which was pioneered by Western Primary School. There have now been two district wide events with the number of schools taking part now at 44.

You can sign up for the next event below if you are a member of school staff. If you are not a member of school staff, please contact your school to ask them to sign up to this event.

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

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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.

On this day, primary and secondary schools across the district are asked to ditch their cars and walk or cycle to school. Those that live far away 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. 

"The children were enthusiastic about the event and viewed it as their way of helping tackle climate change and pollution."

Sophie Kirkwood, Eco Lead at Rossett Acre Primary School

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