Hundreds of students across the city will hit the footpath tomorrow, to promote an active lifestyle, and a cleaner and greener community as part of National Walk Safely to School Day.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said students were stepping up to the challenge as part of Council’s award-winning Active School Travel program.
“This national event supports our vision for an active, healthy and sustainable city by promoting healthy lifestyle choices from an early age and reducing car dependency and traffic congestion in and around schools,” Cr Quirk said.
“All schools in Brisbane are encouraged to take part in the event to reinforce the message that the smallest of changes can have a big effect, with every car off the road helping to create a safer school environment and reduce congestion.”
While this annual event highlights the benefits of active travel on a national level, schools participating in Council’s Active School Travel program take the initiative further by committing to a weekly Active Travel Day.
Cr Quirk said the award-winning three year Active School Travel program was designed to educate and motivate students, parents and teachers to leave the car at home and actively travel.
“Since launching in 2004, 155 Brisbane schools and more than 97,000 students have participated in the Active School Travel program, with a total of 47 schools participating in 2017 including 17 new schools,” he said.
Active School Travel schools taking part in the Walk Safely to School event include:
Greenslopes State School
Ithaca Creek State School
Norman Park State School
St Joseph’s Primary School, Nundah
St Pius School, Banyo
Sandgate State School
St Flannan’s School, Zillmere
For more information about Council’s Active School Travel program, or to register your school’s interest in participating in 2017, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeschooltravel or phone (07) 3403 8888.
For more information about Walk Safety to School Day visit www.walk.com.au/WSTSD.