Two Ruddington schools trialled a Walking Bus initiative as part of National Clean Air Day today to help reduce air pollution in the village as well as encouraging local children to exercise more.
Rushcliffe Borough Council are working with NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group and local community group Ruddington Mums on the scheme and it is hoped the programme can become a permanent fixture and replicated in other areas of Rushcliffe.
Children from the James Peacock Infant and Nursery School and St Peter’s Junior School took part in their first Walking Bus, walking to their respective schools chaperoned by parents along a set route on a set timetable as part of the week–long trial.
The Council’s Executive Manager for Communities Dave Mitchell said: “Not only does the scheme help to alleviate traffic pollution and congestion issues in the village, it also gives the children a chance to exercise in a controlled and supervised environment.
“We would encourage all schools in Rushcliffe to consider a method of active travel to school, such as walking or cycling, in their areas where possible so they too can reap the health and environmental benefits.”
Parents or guardians of children at either school in Ruddington can take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested in setting up a Walking Bus in their town or village can email the authority’s Health Development Officer Alex Julian email@example.com.