March cubs join a national walking campaign - along with a four-legged friend, Rosebud
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A group of March cubs enjoyed a walk around town in support of a campaign that aims to get more people to ditch their cars.
In support of National Walk to School Week, 2nd March Saxons decided to go on a hike in the beautiful evening sunshine.
A group of 14 cubs and one dog Rosebud began at 6.30pm at All Saints School in County Road, March, and made their way to Maple Grove, Westwood School and then to West End park where a well earned ice lolly break and play on the equipment was enjoyed.
Then it was off to Burrowmoor Primary and finally down Upwell Road to Cavalry School where the group were met by the parents.
Nicola Christy, one of the scout leaders, said: “All cubs enjoyed being out and about in the nice weather and Rosebud enjoyed having a long walk with lots of friends.”
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The national walking campaign is organised by Living Streets which began in 1929 when a group of people got together over safety concerns about Britain’s roads.
Gathering together in a hall in London, they talked about the seemingly unchecked rise of the car and the spiralling numbers of pedestrians being killed or seriously hurt on the roads.
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They decided to do something about it by forming the Pedestrians Association, which became Living Streets in 2001.
Standing up for pedestrians since then has led to some major achievements.
Earlier this year, Living Streets helped win the first government walking target - they aim to get 55% of children walking to school in ten years.
They campaigned to introduce the driving test, lobbied for the introduction of the Highway Code and successfully had the first zebra crossings installed.
They also made sure pedestrians were allowed to carry torches in the WWII blackout, to stop accidents.
Today there are local groups up and down the country and each year more than 1.6 million children - including the 2nd March Saxons - are involved in the Walk to School campaign.