STUDENTS have been letting their feet do the talking after taking part in a region-wide walking challenge.
The ‘Free Your Feet’ challenge, run by charity Living Streets, aims to inspire teenagers to walk more.
And pupils at Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend took part by getting out into the fresh air to record how far they walked and when.
Nearly 1,000 students signed up for the challenge and were entered into a draw to win a £50 voucher.
Assistant headteacher Julie Thompson said: “We want to see more of our students ditching the car and choosing more sustainable ways of getting to school.
“Hopefully the Free Your Feet challenge will show our students how easy the change is, and the benefits it can bring.”
Coun Ed Hodson, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for transport and the green environment, said: “We must continue to do all we can to encourage our young people and parents to leave the car at home, especially during the busy and congested school run period.
“Leaving the car at home is healthier, safer, greener and cheaper.
“I hope the challenge inspires students to make longer-lasting changes in the way they choose to travel.”
Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “At secondary school we truly start tasting independence, making the free choices and developing the habits we will carry with us throughout our adult lives.
“One in five cars on the road at peak times is on the school run, and figures show the number of secondary school pupils being driven to and from school is still rising.
“Not only that, but a quarter of under 17s say they never walk for 20 minutes or more at a time, resulting in serious consequences for their health.
“We need to make regular walking an attractive option again, and this challenge is a brilliant way to start.”