Safety in stride

Each year on 10 May schools across Australia celebrate National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD).

This day encourages students to either walk or find alternative active transport to school and promotes health, road safety and the environmental benefits of walking to school.

By walking, riding or rolling to school children are getting important exercise, which helps their physical and mental wellbeing.

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

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

“We should encourage them to take a walk before school, during and at end of their day.”

WSTSD also encourages positive environmental action by reducing car dependency and encouraging the use of public transport, which also reduces dangerous traffic congestion around schools.

This year marks WSTSD’s 25th anniversary and should see more schools than ever participating in the exciting and important day.

The Pedestrian Council are encouraging schools, students and families to mark the date and get involved in WSTSD.

To learn more about WSTSD visit

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