Park and Stride

Park and Stride

About this activity

Suitable for pupils at all schools and nurseries, and their parents/carers. Supports the Geography, PE and PSHE and Citizenship National Curriculum.

Park and Stride encourages families to park their car a distance from school and walk the rest of the way. It allows those who live further from the school to introduce an element of active travel into their journey. As well as promoting physical activity, Park and Stride can reduce congestion and improve Air Quality around your school.

Park and Stride works well in conjunction with the walking zone activity.


Activity steps

Hands up for active travel
Do a hands up survey to find out how active your pupils' journeys to school are. Share the results of the surveywith your borough officer and set your new active travel targets together
Find a location
Decide where your ideal Park and Stride locations are by finding out your pupils' most popular routes to school
Work with your community
Write to local business owners and residents in your selected locations to ask about parking (see Resources for letter template)
Invite families to take part
Let parents/carers know about Park and Stride, promote parking locations and encourage them to get involved (see Resources for letter template)
Collect feedback
Ask pupils, parents/carers and the community what they think about Park and Stride to see where you have been successful and where you can improve. Re-do the hands up survey to see whether active travel targets have been met
Tell your story
Sign in to STARS to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos and any posters or promotional materials. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Walking
  • Smarter driving

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports the Geography, PE and PSHE Curriculum
  • Eases congestion at school gates
  • Improves Air Quality around schools