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Picture My Walk - Winners announced

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 'Picture my Walk competition'. The photo and caption competition was open to all primary and secondary school students across the county. The competition was held to celebrate International Walk to School month in partnership with Living Streets as part of the My Journey campaign to encourage people to try leaving their car at home for some of their journeys.

Category

Winner

School

Fun & Social

Georgia Yr 1

Balksbury School, Andover

Eco friendly

Kane Yr R

Swanmore Primary School

Healthy Bodies

Grace Yr 4

Mengham School

Hidden Treasures

Angus Yr 1

Sun Hill School

Walking safely

Talitha Yr 2

St Bedes School, Winchester

The winners will receive a Culture-all passport, a family railcard and a canvas of their photo for their school.

Hampshire County Council is keen to encourage families to walk, cycle or use more sustainable forms of transport to get to school, which not only helps children stay fit and healthy but also eases congestion on the roads.

Cllr Séan Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "There are lots of good reasons to walk to school keeping fit, saving money, reducing congestion, but the children demonstrated one more, just how much fun it can be."

The number of children travelling to school by means other than the car has increased to 53 per cent in 2012 from 40 per cent in 2003.This has been partly thanks to the free travel planning advice Hampshire County Council provides to over 500 schools and its road safety education programmes such as 'Streets Ahead' pedestrian training for six and seven year old children, Bikeability cycle training for children age nine to 14 years and scooter training for primary age children.

Hampshire County Council's most recent travel plan included a range of new initiatives to reduce congestion such as 'Park and Stride'. Parents from Swanmore School were invited to park at the Rising Sun public house and walk the rest of the way to school, reducing traffic congestion and helping everyone to keep fit.

Living Streets' Project Coordinator, Helen Corkery, who has been working with the schools taking part in the WoW scheme, said: "Living Streets congratulates five very worthy winners of the Picture My Walk competition. As the charity leading the national Walk to School campaign, we know children enjoy their walk to school and this competition demonstrates it's also a great opportunity for them to explore and enjoy their local neighbourhood."

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