National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) will be held on Friday 14 May. Now in its 22nd year, the annual campaign encourages all primary school children, their parents and carers to walk safely and regularly to school.
The event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Australian children are becoming less active. One substantial contributor is the decline in walking and/or taking public transport to school. Children who are regularly physically active are healthier, perform better academically and are less likely to be obese or overweight. Sedentary behaviour can lead to long-term and costly risks of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Walking regularly is the best exercise because you can build it into your daily routine
We are encouraging students to wear yellow on their walk to school to promote National Road Safely Week 16 – 23 May.
How do I get my School Involved?
All schools on the Ride or Walk to School program will receive a resource package including posters and stickers to promote the day at your school.
Schools not on the Ride or Walk to School program can register their details to receive a resource package by registering on the Physical Activity Foundation’s website or by emailing email@example.com
Ideas to Promote Ride Safely to School Week at your School
- Special meet up points with parents and teachers so groups can walk or ride together
- Ask your school P&C to put on a healthy breakfast or fresh fruit for walkers
- Organise a coffee can for parents and teachers at the school or meet up points
- At your school assembly or in your newsletter have a student or teacher do a summary about road rules and how they apply around your school
Share your Involvement
Don’t forget to take photos/videos of the celebrations on the day and share it on social media using the hashtag #NationalWalkSafelytoSchoolDay. Or email us your photos – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pedestrian Council of Australia has produced resources to promote the event at your school can be found here.
To help promote National Walk Safely to School Day we are running a colouring in competition. More details soon.