Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Walk to school and enjoy the benefits.

Walk Safely to School Day      Friday 23 May 2014

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national 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.

It will be held throughout Australia on Friday 23 May 2014. Read the recent Media Release.

Andrea Rowe blogs:

How did walking to school become the exception?

  • "There's a smaller proportion of children walking to school than at any time in history, but most parents say they'd prefer to walk if they could. So what's the problem?

Why aren't we walking our kids to school more often?

  • Andrea Rowe looks into the barriers and benefits of walking to school." 
  • 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.

Further reading:
The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and ConcentrationKids' who read, succeed!!! Cheers :-)