This year, our school has been selected as one of 18 new schools joining the BCC Active Travel Program. Active School Travel promotes clean and green, active and healthy school travel modes such as walking, riding your bike or scooter, carpooling and public transport.
By leaving your car at home, at least one day a week on our active travel day (Tuesdays), we can improve road safety and our health and fitness, create a cleaner environment and reduce traffic congestion at the school gate. How can you lose? If you have to drive to school, you could try parking away from the school (Park & Stride) and enjoy a 10 minute walk with your children.
As part of the program, we have surveyed our students over a five day period to find out how they travel to school. The survey results are back and they show that a huge 77% of students are currently driven to school. This year, we are aiming to reduce that percentage.
We know that everyone is different, so there are lots of ways you can actively travel to school.
Leave the car at home and walk your kids to school. If you live too far away, drive part of the way and walk the rest. We call that “Park and Stride”.
Ride with your children to school. It’s legal to ride on the footpath and remember to always have your helmet secured.
Public transport is easy once you know how. For bus, train and ferry timetables, visit the Translink website or phone 13 12 30.
Find a friend and carpool to school. It’s an easy way to save money and time. Talk to other parents in your child’s class or at music and sport to see who is going your way. How will you actively travel to school?