Students Jake and Evie Gribble and Lily Capicchiano.

CHILDREN and parents are being urged to support this year’s Walk Safely to School day today.

Now in its 19th year, the annual national event encourages children to walk and commute safely to school.

The day is a community event to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

City of Greater Bendigo’s Caroline Grylls said the day encourages parents or carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

“The day also promotes the health benefits of walking and helps to create regular walking habits at an early age. Walking is by far the best exercise because it can be built into your daily routine,” Ms Grylls said.

“Encouraging people to walk their children to school, even if it means parking a few blocks away and walking that distance is good for families and helps the council manage traffic congestion around schools at peak times.

“The school crossing supervisors are highly valued members of school communities and they are all committed to ensuring children’s safety around schools.

“Like every other day our school crossing supervisors will do their bit to ensure children walking to and from school today can cross busy roads around their schools.”

The council has 43 supervised crossings and a dedicated group of 58 school crossing supervisors maintaining the service.