Active School Travel - Walking
Walking is the easiest way to participate in the Active School Travel (AST) program and it’s a great way for families to spend time together in a busy day. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes! Walking to school on a regular basis can improve your child’s road awareness and will help create good habits for an active life.
If you live too far away to walk from home, try ‘Park & Stride’. Consult your school’s active travel map to see how you can park further away from the school and walk the rest of the way. Active School Travel is one of the easiest ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday life.
Why walking is good for our kids:
- They notice things along the way and meet friends in the neighbourhood.
- It’s sociable – kids love walking with their friends.
- Exercise makes them feel calmer and happier and ready to learn.
- It promotes independence – children can make more decisions about their journey than they can in the car.
- Independently walking offers older children some time to themselves.
After walking the children to school you may want to get more exercise by joining a walking group.
The Active School Travel character, Walker has been putting one foot in front of the other since he was nearly two years old. He loves the freedom of walking to and from school and enjoys catching up with his mates on the way. He always uses STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK when he crosses the road.
Walker's top tips for travel
- Wear a hat and sunscreen.
- Don't listen to music on headphones as you won't be able to hear the traffic.
- Don’t look at your mobile device as you walk.
- Always look for a crossing to cross the road safely.
- Walk to and from school with your family or your friends.