In 2012, the program’s pilot schools achieved an average of 11 per cent reduction in school travel car trips. This result shows the Active School Travel Program educates and motivates parents, teachers and students to leave the car at home and actively travel to and from school.
How to get involved
In Term 3 Gold Coast schools are encouraged to register their interest for the following year’s program. Those interested can complete an Active School Travel Program application form outlining their issues and potential benefits of the program.
Spaces are strictly limited and applications are assessed on a number of factors including the school’s enthusiasm to work with Council to reduce car travel, current travel patterns and transport issues.
Participating schools work with a Council AST officer who provides guidance and assistance to develop an Active School Travel plan and activities which may include:
- Walking and Wheeling Wednesdays
- student active travel reward program
- bicycle education training
- park and stride
- walking school bus
- road and personal safety performances
Applications are now closed for the 2013 Active School Travel program.
What you can do now
There are many activities that can help reduce traffic congestion. Schools can discuss walking and cycling in their school newsletter. Parents can leave the car at home or park away from the school and walk or ride with their children the rest of the way.
Schools can also support events such as Ride to School day and Walk Safely to School day. Active Travel schools make a commitment to participate in annual events such as these.
Ride to School day. National Ride to School Day is a fully supported activity that aims to get students actively travelling to school. It is one of the most popular activities for schools all over Australia. Click here to go to the website.
Walk Safely to School day. Walk Safely to School Day is an annual, national event when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. Click here to go to the website.