Walk to School

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2996
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Living Streets are campaigning to increase the number of London children walking to school? There is also a national government ambition to get 55% of primary school children walking to school by 2025. Do you support London leading the way and committing to a 60% target in London

Answer

Answer for Walk to School

Answer for Walk to School

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London is already leading the way in the numbers of children walking to school. I encourage Transport for London (TfL) to work to increase the percentage of pupils walking to school further through a number of programmes. I am delighted that 56 per cent of pupils at primary schools with STARS (Sustainable Travel; Active, Responsible, Safe) accreditation are walking to school on a daily basis. This is higher than the national and the London average.

There are currently 1475 London schools with STARS accreditation (46 per cent of all London's schools as of July 2015). In addition to this, TfL has launched a new walking programme for 2015/16, which includes a walking grants initiative for schools. More details can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/stars. TfL is also working with Living Streets to increase the uptake of Walk Once a Week - Living Street's signature walking programme - in London primary schools and is supporting its outreach work in Tower Hamlets and Bexley.

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