Remember, if you live too far from school, part of the way is okay too. Here are some tips to start walking and riding to school safely:
Talk about when and how your child will be travelling to school. Do they want to cycle, walk or ride a scooter?
Plan the route as a family. Learn which streets are safest.
Quieter streets, those with designated paths and those which have suitable surfaces for the chosen mode of transport are important to avoid mishaps. If it makes you feel more comfortable, testing the journey yourself is a great way to be sure you're on the right track.
If using equipment such as bikes or scooters to get to school, make sure the equipment is in a good workable condition, and appropriate clothing is worn.
Remember Australian standard quality helmets are compulsory throughout Australia when riding bikes. For safety tips, take a look at the Bicycle rider handbook.
When you're comfortable with the planned path, try the journey as a family on a weekend.
Travel with kids on the journey to school, as they gain confidence and learn and practice road safety.
If there are others in the neighbourhood who are heading to the same school, why not go together?
The earlier children are exposed to active travel, the more experience and confidence they'll gain over time. If walking kids to school, taking younger siblings in a pram would be a great start and an enjoyable family activity.
Part of the way is ok too!
Taking active travel doesn't have to mean going the whole way on foot or two wheels.
Some families find it convenient to drop children off at school on the way to work. Others live too far to walk, cycle or scoot. Here are some options so your family doesn't have to miss out on the benefits:
Cycling is a popular way to get to school for many children. It is important to have the correct equipment to avoid injuries and ensure your child arrives safely at school.
Take a look at the Roads and Maritime Services'
Bicycle rider handbook for tips on road safety while cycling and how to maintain your bike.
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