Island school children are getting ready to put their best foot forward during next week’s Active Travel Week (25th to 29th March).
Organised by Wight Cycle Training’s Shift It team, the 5-day challenge will see children across the Island logging their journeys to school using a free touch screen travel mode app.
Those using the app and promoting active travel throughout the week will be entered into a draw to win a whole raft of prizes, including scooters, bikes, helmets and other cycling safety equipment.
Research shows that a 15-minute bout of aerobic exercise – including walking, cycling, and scooting – can significantly increase positive mood and decrease negative mood among younger children.
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, has said:
“I really hope schools get involved in this week as we must all meet the challenge of increasing sustainable travel while benefiting from the health and social benefits it brings”.
Ross Edmunds, manager of the ‘Shift It’ project, added:
“We want to see many more school children and their parents ditching the car and travelling actively to and from school. The benefits of walking, cycling and scooting are many and children often notice things they would not see if travelling in a vehicle.
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“If you are a school interested in taking part in Active Travel Week and using our free app, please get in touch with us.”
Ross can be contacted by emailing [email protected]