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What is Walk Safely to School Day?
Walk Safely to School Day is an annual national event when all primary school children will be encouraged to walk safely to school. It is a community event.
If you're not going far, don't use your car
It will be held throughout Australia on Friday 23rd May 2014.
Walk Safely to School Day aims to encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children. It aims to promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
Walk Safely to School Day also aims to ensure that children up to 10 years of age hold an adult's hand when crossing the road, and it aims to help children develop vital road-crossing skills.
Walking to school and smiling
Walk Safely to School Day aims to reduce the level of traffic congestion, especially around primary schools. Less traffic also improves conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Reasons for walking, to school or anywhere.
Walking improves your health.
Walking develops a sense of community as children and parents develop walking and bicycling buddies and chat with neighbours on the footpath.
Safer streets. Communities with higher rates of walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all travel modes.
More walkers and bicyclists can also improve personal security by providing more "eyes on the street."
Walk to school with a friend
Lower costs. Encouraging and enabling bicycle and pedestrian trips reduces costs for the family, community and school district.
Walking gets children outdoors and our children certainly aren't spending enough time outside these days.
Walking provides daily exercise for children. Incorporating physical activity into a child's daily routine is a good place to start fighting obesity.
So let's all get together as communities, and walk to school on Friday May 23rd. Good for you, good for the environment, good for the children.