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More than 80 West Sussex schools will be making their mark on the world with a ‘green’ footprint during International Walk to School Month.

Between Monday October 10 and Friday October 14, pupils will be encouraged to get to and from school using alternative methods of transport to the car, as outlined in the individual school’s travel plan.

Walking and cycling will not be the only modes of transport encouraged. Using public transport, ‘Park ‘n’ Stride’, and car-sharing all help to reduce congestion and pollution and can help make the
school-run healthier and sociable.

The event also helps to cut carbon emissions, reduce congestion and improve levels of safety around schools.

West Sussex County Council’s TravelWise team is providing schools with registers to help measure the reduction in car trips made through the week.  

Pieter Montyn, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The campaign forms part of the wider work the County Council’s Safer Routes to School and TravelWise teams do. They encourage people to make gradual and continuous changes to their travel habits as a way to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Taking part in International Walk to School Month is a great way for children and parents to consider how their travel choices can effect the environment, their health and local air quality.  

“Our events see real changes in behaviour towards more sustainable travel choices.  As part of the National Walk to School Week event held in May, a reduction of around 7,000 car trips was seen on the school-run. If those trips had been made using car, approximately two tonnes of carbon dioxide would have been emitted.”