THE sun is shining and the temperature is rising - Spring is most definitely in the air.

So what better time to ditch the car and walk to school or work instead.

Traffic jams are a regular occurrence in Warrington.

But what if everyone took the decision to leave their cars at home and walk at least one day a week instead?

We know it's not possible for everyone but we're calling on those that can to help reduce congestion and feel that little bit fitter and healthier in the run-up to the summer holidays.

So we are asking readers to pledge to take part in our new campaign #WalkitWednesday, which is being supported by Warrington Borough Council.

Hayley Smith, Warrington Guardian editor, said: "Leaving the car at home is a great way to feel more active and healthier.

"We're hoping lots of you will join us during your commute every Wednesday this Spring and enjoy an easy and stress-free way of getting to your destination.

"And if you're taking part, don't forget to pop into our office to collect one of our free #WalkitWednesday stickers or badges to help spread the word."

Woolston Community Primary School is among the first schools to back the campaign.

Head teacher Craig Burgess said: "As a school we are always keen to get behind initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of our children and our families.

"Schools have a vital part to play in educating children not just in core academic areas but also in how to make healthy life choices now and in the future.

"Any campaign that works with children and families is always more likely to have a positive impact on wellbeing than just educating children within schools."

You can join them by signing up here.

Let us know if you are taking part and don’t forget to send us your #WalkitWednesday selfies.

You can Whatsapp your pictures to us on 07785 469942, email, message us at or tweet us @warringtonnews.

We will be posting pictures of our ‘#WalkitWednesday wonders’ every Wednesday on our website as well as sharing readers’ experiences and their top tips on the best walking routes in the Warrington Guardian.

The first #WalkitWednesday will take place on April 26 and we hope you can join us.

Warrington Guardian: #WalkitWednesday