Strider urges pupils to step out

STRIDER was there to help the children at a Bognor Regis school get the WOW factor.

The mascot of Living Streets visited Edward Bryant Primary School to launch its initiative to persuade more pupils to walk to their lessons.

His appearance was also supported by the presence of police officers to ensure no-one parked illegally and dangerously outside the London Road school last Thursday.

Eleanor Togut, Living Streets’ principal co-ordinator for West Sussex schools, said the day of action launched a campaign to revive the tradition of walking to school.

“We want as many children as possible to walk to school, even if it’s just walking once a week, which is what WOW stands for.

“They don’t have to walk all the way. Their parents can park and stride for the final part of the journey.

“It makes it safer around the school, it’s better for the environment and it’s more sociable.”

She said parents had also been asked about what stopped them walking to school to see if the problems could be overcome.

Among the school’s 46 per cent of pupils who walk is Andy Yaqub, eight.

He said: “I like walking to school. I can look around at everything and talk to my mother.

“I don’t get the chance to do that in a car and going by car destroys the environment.”

A survey in the adjoining car park showed 157 cars using it in an hour of which ten minutes were congested. The school has a travel plan to promote walking and cycling.