Children encouraged to walk safely to school on Friday May 18

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The City of Greater Bendigo is encouraging children and parents to support this year’s Walk Safely to School Day on Friday May 18.

 Now in its 19th year Walk Safely to School Day is an annual national event to encourage children to walk and commute safely to school.  The day is a community event to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

City of Greater Bendigo Safe and Healthy Environments Manager Caroline Grylls said Walk Safely to School day encourages parents or carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

“The day also promotes the health benefits of walking and helps to create regular walking habits at an early age.  Walking is by far the best exercise because it can be built into your daily routine,” Ms Grylls said.

“Encouraging people to walk their children to school, even if it means parking a few blocks away and walking that distance is good for families and helps the City manage the traffic congestion around schools at peak times

“The City’s school crossing supervisors are highly valued members of school communities and they are all committed to ensuring children’s safety around schools. Like every other day our school crossing supervisors will do their bit to ensure children walking to and from school on Friday May 18 can cross busy roads around their schools.

“The City of Greater Bendigo has 43 supervised crossings and a dedicated group of 58 school crossing supervisors maintaining the service in Greater Bendigo.

“The City’s School Crossing Supervision Scheme began in 1975 and is one of the most important road safety initiatives in our community because it protects school children as they go to and leave school each day.

 “School crossing supervisors range from retired people to those who have other jobs or who do this as their only job.  Some have been doing the job for many years and play an important role in our community because they provide children with an awareness of the importance of road safety.

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