Primary school children from across Australia today made their way to school on-foot, to celebrate National Walk Safely to School Day.
Events were organised at primary schools nationwide to raise awareness about the health benefits of walking and the importance of road safety around schools.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Walk Safely to School Day highlights the benefits of walking for health and wellbeing for the whole family, while also reducing traffic congestion around schools.
“More than 90 per cent of trips in our area are on foot, and walking to school is an easy way for children to get the recommended 60 minute dose of physical activity each day,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Just one in four students ride or walk to school nowadays, compared with more than 80 per cent in the 1970s.
“Walking is not only great exercise, it also leaves children energised and alert for the day, improving their concentration in class.”
The City of Sydney supplied fresh fruit to Plunkett Street Public School in Woolloomooloo as part of their Walk to School Day Breakfast Club.
“As most of our students live in the local area, they walk or ride their bikes and scooters to school. Our school operates a walking bus every morning, where staff walk a specific route and pick up students on the way,” said school Plunkett Street Public School Principal Juliet Sonter.
“Active kids are more alert and focused in class and walking to school is an easy way for our families and staff to exercise together. It is also a lovely time to chat with the kids.”
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