- Last updated:
- 17 Apr 2019
Walking to school regularly is beneficial to children's health and wellbeing. It helps them to be more physically active, independent and confident.
Walk, scoot or skate to school for national Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 17 May 2019.
Council promotes Walk Safely to School Day to primary school students in the Sunshine Coast Council region. Register your child for council's Walk Safely to School Day competition for a chance to win one of five junior fitness watches or five scooters.
Complete the form to register online.
Council encourages parents to walk with young children and talk to them about pedestrian and road safety. If you live far from your school, park the car at least a kilometre away and walk the rest of the way.
Walk to school safety tips for young children:
- Always cross at pedestrian crossings or lights, even if you have to walk further.
- Wait for the crossing supervisor to stop cars or the green walk signal.
- Where there is no crossing or lights, pick the safest crossing point where there are no parked cars.
- Look with your eyes and listen with your ears to be sure there are no cars coming.
- When you are certain there are no cars coming, cross quickly to the other side while still looking and listening.
- Walk on the footpath or pathway and keep left in case a bike needs to pass you.
- Stop at driveways to check that no cars are reversing or entering the driveway.
- Hold an adult's hand if you are under 11 or still learning to walk safely to school.