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:


  1. Talk

    Talk about when and how your child will be travelling to school. Do they want to cycle, walk or ride a scooter?


  2. Plan

    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.


  3. Check

    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.


  4. Try

    When you're comfortable with the planned path, try the journey as a family on a weekend.


  5. Accompany

    Travel with kids on the journey to school, as they gain confidence and learn and practice road safety.


  6. Invite

    If there are others in the neighbourhood who are heading to the same school, why not go together?

Tips

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:

  • Public transport is a great option – walk from home to the bus or train.
  • Park your car a few blocks from the school and do a short walk to school.
  • If you can't do active travel to or from school, try heading to a playground, park or swimming pool for some after school exercise!
  • Remember any chance to introduce children to active travel whilst young will increase their road awareness and experience and will prepare them for their older more independent years. 

Cycling

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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