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Walk to School

Every October, VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school every day. It’s a great way for the whole family to increase their physical activity levels. Plus, it is a chance to enjoy more time with your kids and meet other local families along the way.

Part way is okay. If you can’t walk the whole way, why not try parking the car a few blocks from your school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.

Last year, more than 144,000 students and their families took part in the program walking the equivalent of two return trips to the moon and with your families help, we can make 2017 our biggest year yet.

In 2017, we’re encouraging Victorian kids to put their best foot forward by decorating their shoes, bikes or scooters to make Walk to School even more fun.

Get involved with Walk to School and see our creative decorating tips and help your family build healthy habits for life: walktoschool.vic.gov.au  

Walk to School

 

Safe Walking Routes to School

The City of Greater Dandenong has engaged three schools to help set up short walking routes to encourage school children walking to and from school.

The participating schools are:

The Safe walking routes link these schools with nearby residential areas and marked areas where parents can pickup and drop off children.

The planned routes are about 10-15 minute walks and have been installed along local roads that have low traffic volumes, low vehicle speeds and will have safe places to cross the road.

The routes have been marked with colourful bollards and maps showing the routes are below.

Safe walking routes bollard  safe walking routes map


The bollards will act as check points where children can both check their progress and also meet with other children walking to school.

If the routes are well used, this will also help Council identify where to make further infrastructure improvements to encourage active travel to school.

Benefits

By getting children to walk to the designated area, it is anticipated that this plan will have a positive impact by:

  • Getting children more physically active
  • Reducing traffic around the school
  • Providing parents with better opportunities to pick up and drop off children
  •  Providing children with the opportunity to navigate and connect to their environment independently