The Liberal Government is encouraging schools and families to join more than 350,000 students across the nation who will ride, walk, scoot and skate to and from school on National Ride2School Day today.
Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson will join Olympic marathon runner Jess Trengove to launch the new Way2Go website, an online resource and video for families aimed at supporting school students to ride, walk or scoot to school safely.
The Way2Go program partners with local councils and school communities to promote safe and active travel for primary school students and their communities and is run by DPTI.
The program is valued by primary schools across the state with thousands of Year 5 and Year 6 students participating in on-road riding safety learning each year.
Dedicated family resources will be launched on the Way2Go website, to assist parents and families as they support their children to become safe and independent bike riders, walkers and scooter users for all or part of their school journey.
“Safely riding, walking or scooting to school is a fantastic way to introduce incidental exercise in a child’s day and help keep families healthy and get outdoors,” said Minister Sanderson.
“The new Way2Go website is a great tool for mums, dads and carers to help teach children important road safety tips.
“I encourage families to participate in regular exercise, whether it be riding or walking to school or participating in sport because we know regular exercise decreases a person’s risk of developing certain diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.”
Olympic marathon runner Jess Trengove, who features in the video, said families can use the resources to help plan their journey to school.
“This website is a great resource for families who are wanting to make the journey to school and an active and safe one,” said Ms Trengove.
“I see active travel as an investment into your child’s safety going forward.”
The website was launched at Wilderness School, one of the schools participating in the Way2Go program, today.
Wilderness principal Jane Danvers said the school encourages students to participate in physical activity.
“We’re proud to be involved in today’s launch which will provide even more support for families to participate in safe and active travel to and from school,” said Ms Danvers.
The new Way2Go family website and video are available by visiting www.dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go/families/home