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					Talking with them about the importance of      For more information contact:
being active can give them confidence to
make healthy choices. Walking and cycling to   Call 1300 36 27 87
school is an easy and fun way to incorporate
Talking with your children about the 
physical activity into their day.
importance of being active can give them
confidence to make healthy choices.
Walking and cycling to school is an easy
and fun way to incorporate physical
activity into their day.

                                                                                                                          Parents have a strong influence on how
                                                                                                                          active their children are. If children are
‘Keeping fit and keeping safe are                                                                                         active from a young age they will more
both very important issues for our                                                                                        likely be active throughout their life.
children these days, but there is
no reason we cant have both’ Karl                                                          A guide to promoting walking
O’Callaghan APM, Commissioner of
Police.                                                                                        and cycling to school
                                                            Walking and cycling to school can:
                                                            •	 	 elp	reduce	your	impact	on	climate	change	by	cutting	
                                                               h                                                                                                                                   Road safety
                                                                down pollution through car emissions                                                                                                  C
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 hildren	under	12	years	are	allowed	to	walk	and	
                                                            •	 improve	road	safety	by	reducing	traffic	around	schools                                                                                  cycle on footpaths (unless there is a no cycling sign).
                                                            •	 	 elp	make	a	community	feel	safer	by	having	more	                                                                                       Teach them to look out for vehicles coming in and
                                                                people out and about and more ‘eyes on the street’                                                                                     out of driveways.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 each	your	child	simple	road	rules	such	as	stop	at	
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the kerb, look right, look left, then right again,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       listen for cars approaching and think before crossing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ind	out	about	programs	that	teach	your	child	how	
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to walk or cycle to school safely. Visit the websites listed
                                                                                                                                                                                                       on the back of this brochure for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 nsure	your	child	has	a	water	bottle	and	wears	highly	
                                                                                                                                                                                                       visible clothing and shoes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ake	sure	their	bike	is	maintained,	their	helmet	
                                                                                                                              Here are a few tips to get them started safely...
Children need physical activity to grow and                                                                                                                                                            fits properly and is always done up.
                                                                                                                              Walk or cycle with other people
develop. Walking and cycling is a fun activity                                                                                                                                                        R
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 educe	the	amount	your	child	carries	in	their	
                                                                                                                              •	 	 hildren	under	10	years	are	still	developing	their	
that has many benefits:                                                                                                                                                                                school bag.
                                                                                                                                  peripheral vision and hearing, so should be supervised
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ive	gifts	or	toys	that	promote	physical	activity	
Health                                                                                                                            around traffic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (e.g. bikes, sneakers, hats).
Walking and cycling to school can:                                                                                               I
                                                                                                                              •	 	f	your	child	is	over	10	years,	walk	or	cycle	with	them	
•	 	 elp	children	get	the	right	amount	of	physical	
   h                                                        Watching television, surfing the Internet and                         until	you	are	confident	they	have	a	well-developed	              Weather
    activity (at least 60 minutes a day)                    playing computer games are all activities that                        road sense.                                                         A
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 void	walking	and	cycling	in	extreme	weather.
•	 build	strong	bones	and	muscles                           can be fun for children, however they all                         •	 	 alking	or	cycling	with	your	child	is	a	great	way	to	
                                                                                                                                 W                                                                    E
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 ncourage	your	child	to	slip	on	a	shirt,	slop	on	some	
•	 improve	fitness                                          involve a lot of sitting time.                                        spend time with them – and being active is great for                 sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on sunglasses,
•	 help	achieve	and	maintain	a	healthy	weight.              Remember that:                                                        you as well!                                                         even on cloudy days.

Social                                                      •	 	 hildren	need	at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours)
                                                               c                                                                 S
                                                                                                                              •	 	 hare	responsibility	with	other	parents	or	grandparents	or	      Time and distance
Walking and cycling to school can:                              of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day               organise your child to walk in a group with their friends.          I
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	f	you	live	too	far	from	school	your	child	can	still	
•	 	 e	a	fun	activity	for	children	to	enjoy	with	their	
   b                                                           c
                                                            •	 	 hildren	should	not	spend	more	than	two	hours	a	day	          Get to know your local area                                              be	active	by	walking	part	of	the	way.	Encourage	
    friends, parents, grandparents, siblings and dog            using electronic media for entertainment (eg computer            H
                                                                                                                              •	 	 elp	your	child	map	out	a	safe	route	to	school.	It	is	usually	       them to walk to the bus stop, hop off the bus a
•	 	 elp	children	develop	road	safety	skills	making	them	
   h                                                            games, TV, Internet), particularly during daylight hours          the way with the least amount of traffic and fewest roads to         couple of stops early, or if you do drive them walk
    more aware of their surroundings                            when they could be playing outside.                               cross. Use pedestrian crossings where available.                     the last kilometre together.
•	 improve	self-esteem	and	confidence                       Walking or cycling to school is an easy and cheap way                M
                                                                                                                              •	 	 ake	sure	your	child	knows	people	who	live	along	                   F
                                                                                                                                                                                                   •	 	 or	shorter	distances,	walking	and	cycling	to	school	
•	 	 elp	the	family	save	money	on	fuel.
   h                                                        for children to be active regularly.                                  the route or places they can go if they feel unsafe.                 may take less time than driving your children in the car.

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