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Go for the big stroll

ADRIAN our photographer came in this morning fuming at the parents parking on the double red lines in Blossomfield Road as they dropped their kids off at school - and we're not talking tots here.

ADRIAN our photographer came in this morning fuming at the parents parking on the double red lines in Blossomfield Road as they dropped their kids off at school - and we're not talking tots here.

"It's an urban clearway yet they do it every day and there isn't a drop of law enforcement," he said. We all nodded in agreement.

I for one am a big fan of Shank's Pony. As a kid I used to walk to school no matter what the weather - in the days when we used to have real snow - and nowadays I reckon I still cover three to four miles a day.

So idea of making October 'international walk to school month' is one that chimes nicely with me.

There's no doubt that when there's a chill in the air and a cutting wind the idea of going out may not appeal but when you're all wrapped up there's nothing quite so bracing.

Now, this may sound ridiculously old fashioned to the schoolchildren of today, and possibly their parents too, but it's true.

And just think of the benefits - urban clearways will remain just that, clear. Youngsters will get lots of fresh air and exercise and parents will save on petrol. Simple eh?

Ross Crawford

 

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