National Walk Safely to School Day

Today is National Walk Safely to School Day – an important national program encouraging children in primary schools across Australia to walk to school.

“This outstanding initiative raises the importance of regular exercise as well as the importance of pedestrian safety at an early age,” said Shadow Minister for Road Safety Corey Wingard.

 

“It is important to remind children to be visible and stay on safe walking paths, and also for drivers to be aware of pedestrians and children walking to school.

 

“Other road safety measures to remind children of include holding an adult’s hand when crossing the road, walking on a footpath or in a car park, and also using a safe place to cross.

 

“Walking safely to and from school each day is a great way to help children get active from an early age.

 

“This initiative not only promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for children, but also for their parents and carers.

 

“I hope many South Australians take part in this initiative, not just today, but throughout the rest of the year, so that we can ensure our kids stay active and learn the important road safety skills that will prepare them for the rest of their lives.”