Perth Now - Wednesday 20 April 2011
PARENTS and carers are being encouraged to walk to and from school with their primary school-aged children on Walk Safely to School Day on Friday May 20.
It is an annual, national community event designed to encourage children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by simply including a walk at the beginning and end of each day.
An initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, it also promotes road safety, public transport and the environment.
“Parents and carers need to be informed about the importance of developing their child’s vital road-crossing skills at an early age. To reduce the number of accidents involving our children, we need to make sure that children up to ten years old are holding the hand of an adult when crossing the road and using a safe place to cross the road,” said Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scruby.
As well as encouraging health and safety, Walk Safe to School Day helps to reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and to promote the use of public transport. This will assist in reducing the long-term levels of air pollution created by motor vehicles and reduce the level of traffic congestion – all from walking.
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