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Windy Nook walking bus

During Walk to School week last week, two Gateshead schools, Windy Nook Primary School and Oakfield Junior School took part in a targeted initiative to show parents and carers the dangers of parking near schools and possible solutions to this.

Last Friday, 21 May the two schools took park in a walking bus to school. At Windy Nook, over 78 children walked from the Fiddlers Three car park to school. They were accompanied by school staff, the Child Pedestrian Team and the Sustainable Transport Team. Although it was raining, it didn't dampen spirits and the children and staff enjoyed it. The children said: 

"The event was really exciting because it gave us a way to come to school with friends." Oliver 

'"It is good for you and the environment because people won't use their cars." Ashton

"It was a great opportunity to show the adults that they need to drive more slowly outside our school." Sophia

"I enjoyed walking to school, even in the rain. It was fun to walk and chat to my friends on the way to school." Oscar

"It is important so show people that we should walk more. Walking to school helps us keep fit and helps with the environment." Lucy  

At Oakfield Junior School, 26 year 3 children walked from the Gold Medal car park to school. They were joined by the year 3 teacher, the Child Pedestrian Trainers and the Sustainable Transport Team. The children enjoyed the walking bus and some said they would like to do it all the time. The trainers will link it in with the current pedestrian training the children are receiving. The school are keen to set up a walking bus and hope that volunteers would come forward.

Oakfield walking bus

Both schools already part of the Living Streets Walk to School initiative. They are also currently taking part in Child Pedestrian Training delivered by the team at Gateshead Council. This teaches the children how to be safe near roads and cross a road safely.

At the beginning of the week, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service carried out a drive-by of the schools to demonstrate the dangers of congested parking when a fire engine is trying to get past. They were also visited by the Gateshead Council camera enforcement car.

If you would like some information on how to set up a walking bus at your school, please contact: roadsafety@gateshead.gov.uk 

If you would like your school to take part Child Pedestrian Training please contact: Jocelyn Arnell - jocelynarnell@gateshead.gov.uk

 

Windy Nook walking bus
27 May 2021

During Walk to School week last week, two Gateshead schools, Windy Nook Primary School and Oakfield Junior School took part in a targeted initiative to show parents and carers the dangers of parking near schools and possible solutions to this.

Last Friday, 21 May the two schools took park in a walking bus to school. At Windy Nook, over 78 children walked from the Fiddlers Three car park to school. They were accompanied by school staff, the Child Pedestrian Team and the Sustainable Transport Team. Although it was raining, it didn't dampen spirits and the children and staff enjoyed it. The children said: 

"The event was really exciting because it gave us a way to come to school with friends." Oliver 

'"It is good for you and the environment because people won't use their cars." Ashton

"It was a great opportunity to show the adults that they need to drive more slowly outside our school." Sophia

"I enjoyed walking to school, even in the rain. It was fun to walk and chat to my friends on the way to school." Oscar

"It is important so show people that we should walk more. Walking to school helps us keep fit and helps with the environment." Lucy  

At Oakfield Junior School, 26 year 3 children walked from the Gold Medal car park to school. They were joined by the year 3 teacher, the Child Pedestrian Trainers and the Sustainable Transport Team. The children enjoyed the walking bus and some said they would like to do it all the time. The trainers will link it in with the current pedestrian training the children are receiving. The school are keen to set up a walking bus and hope that volunteers would come forward.

Oakfield walking bus

Both schools already part of the Living Streets Walk to School initiative. They are also currently taking part in Child Pedestrian Training delivered by the team at Gateshead Council. This teaches the children how to be safe near roads and cross a road safely.

At the beginning of the week, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service carried out a drive-by of the schools to demonstrate the dangers of congested parking when a fire engine is trying to get past. They were also visited by the Gateshead Council camera enforcement car.

If you would like some information on how to set up a walking bus at your school, please contact: roadsafety@gateshead.gov.uk 

If you would like your school to take part Child Pedestrian Training please contact: Jocelyn Arnell - jocelynarnell@gateshead.gov.uk

 

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