Tips and ideas

Walking is great for the whole family. It can improve health, save money, and make neighbourhoods safer and more enjoyable places to live. Children who walk regularly concentrate better at school and feel more independent. The more walking you can do, the better!

Smart Steps for Schools - Parents Smart Steps for Schools - Parents traffic safety

Map your route to school

Map Your Route to School - a guide to choosing walking routes, with suggestions to involve other parents to create and share a map of the chosen route.
Walk to school Walk Together Group - ideas to support children to walk to school with friends and other local families.
Child-friendly streets Family Activity Sheets - easy activities for families to get out and about in their local area.
Footpath chalk

How child-friendly is your street - guide to help you determine how suitable your street or neighbourhood is for children to walk and play.

Making your street more child-friendly - tips to make your neighbourhood a better place for children to walk and play.

Incorporating walking into your child's learning at school

Make local streets around your school better for walkingFind out how schools and teachers can incorporate walking into the school curriculum, and make local streets better for walking.

See Smart Steps for Primary Schools, or download flyer.

Remember these handy walking tips:

  • Help your child to become an active thinker in the road environment. You can do this by talking together with your child as you walk. Ask them questions about roads, signs, traffic and how and where we cross the road safely. For more ideas visit Victoria's road safety education website.
  • During the daily sun protection times, wear sensible clothing and sunscreen. In hot weather, keep hydrated and rest in shaded areas. For more information, visit SunSmart.