Pupils put their best foot forward to support Road Safety event

Schools in Cheshire West and Chester have supported the 'Kids Walk' event organised by the road safety charity, Brake.

Children aged between four and 11 years put their best foot forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking.

The schools taking part in the walk this year were: St Winefride's in Neston, Neston Primary, Whitby Heath Primary in Ellesmere Port and St Chad’s Primary in Winsford.

Short supervised walks were organised around the schools with children walking in a crocodile formation, holding hands, to promote the importance of kids being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic.

Cheshire West and Chester Council's Road Safety Officers and Cheshire Constabulary Police Community Support Officers worked with children to promote the benefits of walking and to raise awareness about the dangers posed from traffic and pollution from vehicles.

The Council's Cabinet member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore, said: "The Kids Walk event raised awareness of the five measures needed to keep children safe - footpaths, cycle paths, safer places to cross, slow and clean traffic.

"Each day five children will be killed or seriously injured on UK roads. Before, during and after the walk road safety professionals took the opportunity to give the children simple road safety advice.

"The advice included following the Green Cross Code - Stop Look Listen and Think before they cross, using a safer crossing place and wearing a cycle helmet when riding their bikes or scooting.

"Amongst many other helpful hints and tips to keep themselves safer on the roads was making sure they avoid using their mobile phones when they need to give the road their full attention." Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to improving air quality and is supporting Clean Air Day on 21 June by offering free Park & Ride travel in Chester.

The Council's Low Emission Strategy, to tackle air pollution in the borough, is currently being finalised following a recent public consultation and will be launched in the autumn.

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