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Make every day Walk Safely to School Day

Primary school-aged children across Tasmania will be walking to school on Friday 19 May for the 24th annual National Walk Safely to School Day.

Championed by the Pedestrian Council Australia, the initiative raises awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking, or alternative active transport, can provide for the long-term wellbeing of primary school children.

Bellerive Primary principal Duncan Groves said more than 80 students would be participating in this year’s Walk Safely to School Day.

“We know that walking to school is a great way to keep active and Walk Safely to School Day is a great reminder of the benefits regular exercise can have on primary school- aged children,” he said.

“A large proportion of our school community live within walking distance of the school and on any given day up to 30 per cent of students will walk, ride or scoot to school.

“There are a number of busy roads and intersections near our school and Walk Safely to School Day is a great opportunity for parents and staff to model safe road behaviour.”

Walk Safely to School Day also encourages positive environmental action and better use of public transport and encourages parents and carers to walk more, reducing dangerous traffic congestion around schools.

“The best exercise for all Australians is walking regularly,” Pedestrian Council of Australia CEO Harold Scruby said.

“Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

“Being active every day, including walking to school, can help make a difference for many Australians. Whether you’re a parent, teacher or carer, everyone has a role to play in helping children and young people to lead active healthy lives.”

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