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27/3/2012 - Schools get environmentally friendly in run up to Easter

School pupils in Cumbria have pledged to 'park and stride' to school this week come rain or shine with Active Travel's Easter Bonnet Park and Stride Parade, on Wednesday 28 March.
A number of schools are taking part in the initiative which aims to encourage parents to do their bit for the environment whilst also easing congestion and increasing pupil safety outside the school by parking away from the school and encouraging their children to walk the rest of the way.

The following schools are taking part in the initiative and media opportunities will be available at all schools from 8.45am (all press invited):
Allerdale - Ashfield Junior School, Workington and Netherton Infants, Maryport Barrow - Our Lady of the Rosary, Dalton-in-Furness Copeland - St. Partrick's School, Cleator Moor and St James Infant, Whitehaven Carlisle - Great Corby School, Lanercost Eden - Tebay Community, Penrith and Kirkby Stephen School

As well as the Easter bonnet parade, pupils will also be holding Easter Fairs and various competitions, such as an Easter Egg Competition and Design the Best Bonnet Competition. 

The event is being run as part of Active Travel, an initiative run by Cumbria County Council aimed at reducing unnecessary car journeys to bring about a significant increase in sustainable travel to and from school.

Councillor Tim Knowles, Cabinet member for transport, said: "This is a great way for school children to mark the beginning of Spring and celebrate Easter in a greener way. It is also an opportunity for both pupils and  parents to learn both the benefits of walking and the value in being environmentally friendly, and will hopefully also raise awareness of road safety. I'm thrilled that so many schools have pledged to take part and look forward to seeing the results of the day."

Media enquiries to communications adviser Charlotte Thompson on 01228 226325