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17 May 2017

Albany students will join thousands around Australia participating in National Walk Safely to School Day this Friday, May 19.
Walk Safely to School Day encourages parents, carers and their children to leave the car behind and safely walk the school commute instead.
Albany TravelSmart Officer Julie Passmore said walking or cycling to and from school was a simple way to increase physical activity and combat issues such as childhood obesity and school traffic congestion.
“Walking is a great way to help children get their recommended hour or more of daily physical activity because it can be easily incorporated into everyday routines,” Ms Passmore said.
“For those who live too far away, parents can park a distance from school and walk the rest of the way with their children.
“As well as benefits to student health and academic performance, more families walking leads to reduced traffic congestion and air pollution near schools.”
Schools participating in Walk Safely to School Day include Mount Lockyer Primary School, which is holding a walk from near the Orana Cinemas, and Albany Primary School and Bethel Christian School, whose students will receive a healthy breakfast after walking to school. Great Southern Grammar will hold a Walk & Ride to School Day on Friday, May 26.
For more information contact the City of Albany TravelSmart Officer on 6820 3453 or travelsmart@albany.wa.gov.au.