6 top tips for parents, carers and grandparents for Walk Safely to School Day

This year, Friday 11 September is national Walk Safely to School Day and all primary school children and their families are encouraged to join in.

Image: Always hold an adult's hand when crossing the road

Walk Safely to School day is a great opportunity for schools, parents, carers and students to:

  • highlight the importance of being a safe road user
  • talk about and role model how to be a safe pedestrian
  • be physically active
  • stimulate the brain for a productive day of thinking
  • help the environment by lowering noise and air pollution, and traffic congestion
  • start a new routine!

1. Get involved

Anyone can take part in Walk Safely to School Day. Those who live further from school can mix it up by parking away from the school to walk the rest of the trip or walk past the regular bus, train or tram stop to the next one.

And rather than do this for just one day, work out how you can walk together more regularly.

2. Hold hands

When on the footpath, crossing the road or in a car park always hold your child's hand at least until they are 8 years old. And closely supervise them until they are at least 10 years old.

3. Be alert and aware

Point out dangers and potential hazards to your child as you walk together, e.g. vehicles coming out of driveways, construction that blocks footpaths, waiting for all traffic to completely stop before stepping onto crossings or traffic light crossings. Making eye contact with the driver before crossing.

4. Put your phone away

So set a good example by putting your phone away, not being distracted and focusing on your surroundings. If you need to use your phone, stop in a safe place and tell your child what to do while you’re distracted.

5. Choose a safe crossing

A safe place is one where you can clearly see oncoming vehicles and they can see you.

Stop, look, listen, think before you cross any road
Stop one step back from the kerb
Look continuously look both ways
Listen for the sounds of approaching traffic.
Think whether it’s safe to cross. Or not.

6. Practice practice practice

The more supervised pedestrian experiences your child can get the better. So why not make Walk Safely to School Day the start of a new routine by walking to and from school together more often?

Read more information about Safe Travel on the department's parent and carer hub.

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