Parents and carers are responsible for their child’s safety when travelling to and from school. The department encourages all children and their families to be safe active travellers.
Benefits of safely walking to and from school
Benefits of safely walking to and from school helps:
- promote physical activity
- reduce traffic
- reduce our carbon footprint
- provide an opportunity for supervising adults to talk with their child about road safety.
Walking advice to share with parents and carers
Primary schools can support their parents and carers with advice about:
- Walking safely to and from school
- Road safety: tips for parents and carers
- When they can let their children travel to and from school independently
- Starting high school safely
Secondary schools can support their parents and carers with advice about:
Walking school bus
A walking school bus is a group of primary school children who walk to and from school along a set route, accompanied by supervising adults. One adult drives at the front of the 'bus' while the other adult supervises at the rear of the 'bus'. The walking school bus picks up passengers along the way at designated bus stops on the way to and from school.
If your school community is interested in implementing a walking school bus please read these key considerations. Contact your Road Safety Education Officer to find out more.