Talking with them about the importance of For more information contact: being active can give them confidence to www.heartfoundation.org.au/parentcampaign make healthy choices. Walking and cycling to Call 1300 36 27 87 school is an easy and fun way to incorporate www.dpi.wa.gov.au/walking Talking with your children about the www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling physical activity into their day. importance of being active can give them www.beactive.wa.gov.au 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 Environment 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). h • 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. T • 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. F • 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. Equipment E • nsure your child has a water bottle and wears highly visible clothing and shoes. M • 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 C • hildren under 10 years are still developing their that has many benefits: school bag. peripheral vision and hearing, so should be supervised G • 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.