National Walk Safely to School Day | 19 May 2017

National Walk Safely to School Day

Parents are being encouraged to leave the car at home and embrace the autumn weather on Friday 19 May 2017 for National Walk Safely to School Day.

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Now in its 18th year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

The objectives of WSTSD are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
  • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
  • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
  • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
  • To promote the use of Public Transport.
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
  • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

How you can get involved with Walk Safely to School Day

Teaching your kids a healthy lifestyle can start with a walk through the park on your way to school. Consider parking ten minutes away from school and walk the rest of the way, taking some time to check out the autumn colours in your neighbourhood.

Other ideas from The Walk Safely To School Day website are:

  • Download the Walk Safely to School Day poster and colour it in
  • Ask your local Council and P&C to help support the event and sponsor a Healthy Breakfast at your school
  • Host a Healthy Breakfast at your school

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Walk Safely to School website

WhatNational Walk Safely To School Day

When: Friday 19 May 2017 | before school

Where: In all primary schools across South Australia/Australia

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

All images provided or from National Walk Safely to School Day website and Facebook page.

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