Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
I braved the rain yesterday morning and joined children and parents walking to St Joseph’s Primary School in Hillfields, as part of Living Streets’ ‘Walk to School Week’.
Walking to school is a great way for children to get some fresh air and exercise, and it’s free! It also brings environmental benefits, takes traffic off the road at busy times and helps tackles air pollution, which can be particularly bad around schools. I talked to the children about why they enjoy walking to school– even on days like this when the sun is not shining. I also talked to parents about why they sometimes find it difficult, for example if they have to get to work as soon as they’ve dropped their children off in the morning.
The Government is aiming to get 55% of primary school children walking to school by 2025. As Labour’s shadow minister for walking and cycling I’ll be working with groups like Living Streets to see how we can make it safe and enjoyable for them to do so – although I can’t promise to do anything about the weather!