Students opt to walk safely to school

Children from schools across Collie opted to ditch their school buses and parents' cars on Friday and walk to school instead, for a more physical way to commute.

The National Walk Safely to School Day event held on May 17, encourages parents, carers and their children to walk regularly to and from school and incorporate regular walking into their daily routine.

It also encourages less driving and more walking, which could help to reduce dangerous vehicle congestion around schools and reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.

Allanson Primary School and Wilson Park Primary School were the only two schools in the area that opted to walk or ride to school last Friday.

The community event, now in it's 20th year, seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said the day was about encouraging families and children to walk safely to school.

"Whether that's... starting a walking train, or parking the car a few blocks away and encouraging young people to walk to school," she said.

"Active kids learn better, so it's a win-win."

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said a small amount of physical exercise every day could help improve a person's health, both physically and mentally.

"I wholeheartedly support this initiative and hope that it might make people change up their daily routine to improve the health of their children," he said.

"Walking is the best form of exercise in a way, as it can be easily built into the daily routine."