Northern Ireland

Walk to School Week is launched

Andy Bready from Travelwise NI said it was all about finding alternatives to the car.
Image caption Andy Bready from Travelwise NI said it was all about finding alternatives to the car.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy is launching the Walk to School Week later.

Now in its 10th year, the week has an emphasis on reducing the number of cars on the road during peak hours.

This year's theme, 'Step Forward In Time', is encouraging young people to lead the way when it comes to sustainable travel habits.

Andy Bready from Travelwise NI said it was all about finding alternatives to the car.

"Walk to School Week is about parents and young people leaving the car at home and giving the walk to school a try," he said.

"It's good fun, it's good for our fitness levels and you might even enjoy it."

The regional development minister said he would encourage those who lived close-by to schools to walk.

"A fifth of cars on the road during peak hours are due to children being dropped off at school all over Northern Ireland," he said.

"Many of these children live within ten minutes walk of the school.

"It would be great to see more people leaving the car at home, saving money on fuel and decreasing congestion around the school gates."