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Hands Up Data and the Walking School Bus

The Hands Up Data was collected on Thursday 27th

61 Bike/scooter/skateboard/rip stick

86 Walking and Walking Bus

11 Bus

183 Private car

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WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL

I have been walking to school since Year 2 if not more.  I enjoy it very much because you can look at what is changing in your neighbourhood and you get a lot more active which I find is really fun.

We have at least one large busy road with a roundabout on Walnut Avenue as we walk along Ninth Street. There are a couple of houses being renovated so we have to avoid the trucks on the way to school.

Before we cross any roads I make sure my brother is with me and also my Dad has to catch up so my brother and I wait for him and also the dog that walks with Dad.

This is just a usual day for us to get from home to school and from school to home in the afternoon.

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Walking from School

I walk to my Mum’s work at least twice a week after school. My Mum’s work is about 1 kilometre from school.  I come across many different obstacles, such as-construction sites, roundabouts, busy roads and many more.  When I cross roads I stop, look, listen and think before I cross.  Construction sites are one of most dangerous places. When I come past a construction site, I look to make sure there’s nothing coming and then I listen for oncoming vehicles.

 These two things that I do might save my life one day. As the saying goes, ‘Rather be safe than sorry.’

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Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

It will be held throughout Australia on Friday 7 May 2010
 

The objectives of WSTSD are:

·     To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

·     To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.

·     To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.

·     To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.

·     To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.

·     To promote the use of Public Transport.

·     To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.

·     To reduce the level of traffic congestion.

http://www.walk.com.au/wstsd01/page.asp?PageID=260