- Thursday 28 May 2015
Sunshine Coast students set a record for Walk Safely to School Day last Friday (May 22), with a 43% jump in participation from 2014.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said 1065 students from 48 schools had registered.
“Sunshine Coast Council coordinates this national event for our region through its TravelSmart program to help get kids moving and improve their health,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The number of schools participating has increased significantly too.
“It’s important the schools get involved, as the ones which invest time to promote and explain the event to students generally see higher registrations and better participation on the day.
“That also means participating schools experience reduced traffic congestion and safer school zones.”
Mayor Jamieson said Walk Safely to School Day encouraged students across the Sunshine Coast to get active by walking, scootering or skating to school.
“Walking regularly has so many health benefits for children. It can help prevent chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and behavioural and mental health issues,” he said.
“This event also helps reduce traffic, and anything that takes cars off the road helps us achieve the goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.
“Council thanks the ‘Adopt a Cops’ police officers and the Buderim Lions Club who worked with several local schools to encourage their participation in this event and in walking to school every week.”
Participating students within the Sunshine Coast Council region were eligible to enter a prize draw for scooters, skateboards and other minor prizes.
- There was a 45% increase in school participation this year. In 2014, 33 schools had students registered. In 2015, 48 schools had students registered.
- Nine schools had more than double the number of students registered this year compared to 2014.