National Walk Safely to School Day

Friday 19 May 2017 is National Walk Safely to School Day. To mark the annual event, primary school children in Ballina Shire are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school.

“Walking is a great way to keep healthy and we want our kids to create walking habits at an early age,” said Ms Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer, Ballina Shire Council and Roads and Maritime Services.

“Walking with friends and family also promotes talking and good mental health, and it’s also great for the environment”, Ms Carpenter added.

Here is how you can participate:

  • Make a plan to walk to school or home from school
  • As a family, review the road rules for pedestrians
  • If you can walk to school, give yourself enough time and have a healthy breakfast
  • If you can’t walk all the way to your school, consider walking to your school bus stop
  • Remember to wait till the bus has gone and then find a safe place to cross the road
  • Parents and carers should supervise young children (especially those under 10 years of age) in road environments, car parks and around schools. Remember to hold hands and follow the rules when crossing roads
  • If you have to drive, plan to park the car about 1km away from the school and walk the rest of the way.

“We can all make a difference by the daily decisions we make. This Friday 19 May, think about the difference walking can make to you, your family and our environment,” said Ms Carpenter.

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