Leave the car behind

Leave the car behind

Anureet Kaur, Ethna Jimmy, Farhana Ahamed Sadath and Sereena Binoj with City of Armadale Mayor Ruth Butterfield. Photograph – Richard Polden

Colourful changes may be noted to pathways outside certain schools in the area as they participate in the Safe Routes to School program.

Aspiri Primary School in Piara Waters is amongst eight schools in the Armadale area participating in the program.

Last week on Friday October 22, City of Armadale Mayor Ruth Butterfield joined students from Aspiri Primary School to map out the safest local streets for students to use when they ride, scoot or walk to school.

This was mapped out through a stencilling activity as part of the Department of Transport’s Your Move ‘Safe Routes to School’ program to improve safety for students and parents on their school journey.

The Your Move ‘Safe Routes to School’ audit and stencilling was previously delivered through WALGA’s RoadWise.

“It’s terrific to see students excited about mapping out safe routes to school as part of the Your Move program which encourages people to forego the car and instead walk, ride a bike, or catch public transport to school,” Ms Butterfield said.

“It’s a great initiative that has environmental benefits as well as encouraging families to add this activity to their daily routine, as a healthy lifestyle choice.

“Your Move encourages active transport and physical activity, and also has sustainability benefits such as reducing greenhouse gases and reducing traffic congestion especially around schools.

“The city is proud to be partnering with the Department of Transport and local schools such as Aspiri Primary School, to deliver the program.”

Member for Jandakot Yaz Mubarakai said he is a strong supporter of making the community safer for pedestrians and creating safe routes to school.

“We have been encouraging this through support for community initiatives from the Harrisdale and Piara Waters Residents group to slow drivers in suburban areas, school crosswalks around Harrisdale Senior High School, and promoting Walk Safely to School Day,” he said.

“Walking to school or as part of a work commute is a great way for people to get the health benefits of exercise in a safe environment.”