Sunshine Coast schools encouraged to ‘walk the walk’
  • Saturday 17 April 2010

Local school children are putting their feet first as they get ready to participate in National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 7 May 2010 – and all schools on the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to participate!

Eight thousand Australian primary schools are expected to take part in this community event, which encourages parents and carers to walk safely to school with their children, either all or part of the way. The event promotes road safety and regular physical activity for school age children.

The ultimate aim is to develop Healthy Kids and Active Kids by encouraging all children to include at least a 30-minute walk in their daily routine. The event also reduces hazardous traffic congestion and vehicle pollution around school gates (so please take extra special care around schools).

Stuart Arden, Integrated Transport Services Manager for the Sunshine Coast Council’s TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Program said Walk Safely to School Day was a brilliant way to teach children not only about the health benefits of regular exercise but also the environmental benefits of reducing car dependency.

“A good walk in the morning gets students ready for an active day of learning and playing. Leaving the car behind can also ease the stress on parents who sometimes find themselves battling traffic congestion around the school gates.

“We understand walking the entire way to school can be difficult or impractical for some parents and carers. So if you have to drive, we ask you to simply park the car a good distance away from the school gate and walk the rest of the way.”

Walk Safely to School Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia and is proudly supported by TravelSmart Sunshine Coast. For more information, visit Walk Safely website. For more information on other ways to be TravelSmart contact the Sunshine Coast Council.