A boost for active travel to keep children healthy and safe

Child walking

The popular Active Streets for Schools and Ride or Walk to School programs will be expanded to encourage more children to walk or ride some or all of the way to school.

An investment of $2 million will be made in the 2016-17 Budget over four years to help get kids moving and encourage more active travel within our suburbs.

This will include the expansion of the Active Streets for Schools program over the next two years, the further roll out of the Ride or Walk to School program, the creation of a dedicated Schools Transport Coordinator, and the resourcing of the Active Travel Office within the new Transport Canberra agency.

The Active Streets for Schools Program is already operating in Macquarie, Macgregor, Latham and Mount Rogers primary schools. The funding will see each school in the expanded program get a major infrastructure investment boost to help make footpaths and bike paths safer and install signage so parents know they can drop off their child a couple of blocks away, and the walk will take five or ten minutes. 

In addition to the Active Streets for Schools program, the ACT Government will create a new Schools Transport Coordinator, who will be responsible for liaising with schools on all transport issues for government.

The Schools Transport Coordinator will work across government to provide an efficient and effective point of contact for school principals, parents and local residents. They will help to implement the Active Streets for Schools program and replicate innovative solutions found to be effective in one school in other schools with similar issues.

The new Schools Transport Coordinator will also assist in working with ACT schools on the Ride and Walk to School Program under the Healthy Weight Initiative, a program currently delivered by the Physical Activity Foundation. An investment of $125,000 will see the program expand to an additional 56 schools, bringing a total of 108 schools on board. The program makes bikes available to schools for students to use, offers basic bike maintenance lessons, and helps teach children some basic road rules and how to stay safe on the way to and from school.

Finally the Active Travel Office will be provided a dedicated officer to sit within the new Transport Canberra agency to ensure active travel options are integrated with buses and light rail.

Schools that will be targeted for the Active Streets for Schools program include:

Ainslie School, Amaroo School and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Aranda Primary School and St Vincent’s Primary School, Calwell Primary School, Caroline Chisholm Primary School, Chapman Primary School, Charnwood‑Dunlop School, Curtin Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School, Evatt Primary School, Garran Primary School, Harrison School and Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, Hughes Primary School, Lyneham Primary School and Brindabella Christian College Junior School, Maribyrnong Primary School, Melrose High School and Sacred Heart Primary School, Palmerston District Primary School, Richardson Primary School, Telopea Park School, and Wanniassa School.