National Walk Safely to School Day
Primary school aged children across Australia will make those important steps towards a healthier future by participating in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 11 September 2020.
National Walk Safely to School Day is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term well-being of our children. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on their cognitive and academic performance.
The annual event, now celebrating its 21st anniversary, encourages primary school aged children to build walking into their daily routine, by walking to and from school, not just on this day, but every day.
The national initiative also promotes improved diets (by asking schools and P&Cs to Host a Healthy Breakfast), positive environmental action, better use of public transport with reduced car-dependency and the vitally important road safety message: “Until they are 10, children must always hold the hand of an adult when crossing the road”.
It also encourages parents and carers to walk more, reducing dangerous traffic congestion around schools, while minimising the risk of Australian children developing heart disease and diabetes.
Top 5 tips for parents to get their kids walking to school:
- Walk some of the way or if you can, walk all the way to school
- Get off the bus, train, or tram a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way
- Leave the car at least 1km away from school and walk the rest of the way
- Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier to fit in a walk to school
- If you can’t walk in the morning, walk home after school
Watch the official Walk Safely to School Day 2020 video below:
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Pedestrian Council of Australia website or WSTSD webpage.
What: National Walk Safely to School Day
When: Friday 11 September 2020
Where: Australia wide
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.
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