Walk to school this October

Published: 3 October 2017

This October, local primary school students are encouraged to leave the car behind and walk, ride, scoot and skate to school to improve their health and fitness as part of VicHealth's Walk to School.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen said there were many benefits to active travel and during October, children could also win some great prizes as part of the annual VicHealth Walk to School program.

“Leaving the car at home means there is less traffic congestion around schools, it is better for the environment and it is better for families who get to spend quality time together while improving their health and fitness,” Cr Owen said.

For families who live too far to walk the entire distance, there are 19 Stop & Drop Zones in Cardinia Shire. These are designated areas, up to a kilometre away from the school entrance, where parents can drop off and pick up their children, allowing the children to walk, ride, scoot or skate the rest of the way.

All children who participate in the walk to school program during October can go into the draw to win prizes from Life of Bikes either by collecting a raffle ticket at school or by sending in a family selfie to mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au, along with your name, contact details and location of where the picture was taken. Photos may be shared on Council’s Facebook page.

Students who are unable to actively come to school can still take part by doing other activities during the school day, for example completing laps of the oval or basketball courts.

For more information go to www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/walktoschool