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The average primary school journey is just 1.6 miles. And yet one in four cars on the road during the morning peak are doing the school run. 

There are so many benefits to encouraging children to walk, cycle and scoot more regularly to school.

It will reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. And it will also help your child’s mental and physical health.

Teachers find that pupils who walk and cycle arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.

9 reasons to shake up your school run.

1. Build activity into the whole family’s routine

According to government guidelines, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

And adults should get a minimum of 150 minutes a week.

At 1.6 miles, the average primary school journey is a distance that can be cycled, scooted or walked.

It's the perfect way to squeeze in more activity into our busy lives.

2. It's a boost for mental health and wellbeing

Physical activity can increase mental alertness, energy, positive mood and self-esteem.

It also helped to reduce stress and anxiety, according to the Mental Health Foundation.

3. It's the best way to start the day

Teachers find that pupils who walk, cycle or scoot arrive at school more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.

Getting outdoors allows children to experience independence and to connect to their environment.

And it's a great way for families to spend time together.

Parents can benefit in the same way too and burn some precious calories along the way.

A 20-minute bike ride can use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine. All the more reason to enjoy the things you love.

4. It will help ease congestion outside the school gate

1 in 5 cars in the morning rush are on the school run. 

Leaving the car at home means you’ll take the hassle out of parking too. 

5. It's good for the environment

Up to 40,000 early deaths are attributable to air pollution each year in the UK.

Getting out of the car and on to your bike or scooter, and walking are all great ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

It'll help reduce air pollution and address the climate crisis.

6. It increases children’s road safety awareness

Instilling a love of cycling, scooting or walking in children from a young age has long-lasting benefits.

It develops road awareness which encourages independent travel as a teenager. It can also create good habits for a more active adult life. A win-win all round.

7. It lets you connect with the world around you

Cycling, scooting and walking brings you closer to nature and the changes in the seasons.

You'll spot wildlife and notice the leaves changing colour on the trees.

And two wheels are better than four when it comes to connecting with nature and getting to know your local area. 

8. You’ll save money

Cycling, scooting or walking the school run will save you and your family a small fortune.

You'll be forking out less on petrol. And you might also save money on gym fees, leaving you with more cash in your pocket.

9. Think of all the fresh air, freedom and fun you’ll have along the way

Taking time out of your day to cycle, scoot or walk together is a great chance to catch up on your child’s day. And it's a good way to spend quality time with each other.

You'll all enjoy the fresh air and freedom of an active school run.