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Safety first as students step up

NSW public schools will join a nationwide effort on Friday to improve road safety as part of Walk Safely to School Day.

A female student wearing a helmet and holding a skateboard about to cross the road with her mother and brother, who is walking his bike and wearing a helmet.

Happy feet: Families are encouraged to leave the car at home as part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle.

Students at schools across the state will put on their walking shoes this Friday, May 17, as they swap cars for active transport.

This year marks the 20th annual Walk Safely to School Day, with families across the state encouraged to teach children safe behaviours on and around roads.

When crossing the road, always:

  • STOP! One step back from the kerb
  • LOOK! Continuously both ways
  • LISTEN! For the sounds of approaching traffic
  • THINK! Is it safe to cross?

The campaign highlights the importance of parents setting an example by reinforcing that if adults make a habit of crossing the road at a marked pedestrian crossing their children will follow their lead.

If families can’t walk all the way to school, they can still take part in Walk Safely to School Day by combining a walk with public transport or parking a short walk from their school.

Read more about Walk Safely to School Day.

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