Whether you would like to walk, cycle, or scoot it to school, we have lots of information on how to make active travel education, events and programs simple and fun for your school.
Kick start healthy, active travel for students at your school with these initiatives and resources.
Walk to School Month
Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. It's a great way to help students learn healthy habits and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, every day.
This year, register your school before Friday 15 September 2017 to be in the running to win a special performance at your school by the very talented Frank Woodley - comedian, storyteller, artist and writer - to celebrate Walk2School month.
There are other great prizes to win including passes to Bundoora Park Farm for the school with the most walk, scoots and rides in October, plus there are a range of free materials including posters, classroom calendars, stickers and certificates to celebrate your students' achievements.
It's easy to get involved by registering online at the Walk to School website. Council's dedicated Walk to School Month Project Coordinator is also available to assist schools with program delivery.
Delivering Bike Ed in your school
Bike Ed is designed to help children in grades 3-6 develop skills to ride safely and independently on roads and paths. It involves a mix of practical and classroom activities. We fund teachers to undertake accredited Bike Ed instructor training, as well as the provision of casual relief teachers. We can also source volunteers to assist teachers with Bike Ed delivery.
Take a look at the reading below, and find out all the ways Bike Ed can benefit your students:
We can also provide small amounts of cycle parking, advice and grant possibilities for larger bike parking requirements in and around the school as well as prizes if you are running active travel promotions and events.
Bike ED Evaluation
As Council supports local schools to run Bike Ed, we wanted to assess the outcomes for students that participate in this program. We asked students, parents and teachers to complete surveys before, immediately after, and three months after students completed Bike Ed. We found the following:
- The majority of students greatly increased their confidence levels. This was also observed by their parents
- The abilities needed to ride a bike were all found to improve, including riding in a straight line and using brakes
- The number of parents confident in their children’s road rules knowledge increased by 150%
- More than two thirds of students said they were riding more and 43% of parents observed their child riding more
- 71% of parents are confident that their child can ride a bike safely - an increase from 63% in the before survey
- 93% of parents felt the course had met their expectations
See the full evaluation report
For more information and to run Bike Ed in your school contact us..
Metro Trains Community Education Unit
Metro Community Education Unit will come out to your school to talk about safe travel on public transport and teach students about journey planning, ticketing and behaviour. Presentations can be tailored to areas of interest including assisting Grade 6 students with the transition to high school.
Walking School Bus - How to get started
A Walking School Bus is a group who walk to and from school along a set route picking up ‘passengers’ along the way. The bus is accompanied by at least two parents with one at the front, and another supervising at the back. It is a fun, energetic way to travel to school while also learning about street safety.
To find out how to run one, visit the VicHealth website. A Walking School Bus can run everyday or as little as one morning or afternoon a week. Consider dedicating one day to Walk Once a Week or Walk on Wednesday. Victoria Walks Smart Steps initiative features great ways to engage your family and school community in walking more.
School Travel Plans
School Travel Plans support an increase in students’ active travel to school whilst reducing the pick-up and drop-off traffic problems schools face.
Your school can also create a School Travel Plan to outline your objectives and approach. The Creative Communities website also features a Traffic Tamers School Program Manual which is another approach to encouraging active travel in schools.
Safe Travel Officer
Phone: 8470 8383
If you would like to make an enquiry or complaint about transport issues in your area, please contact our Customer Service Team. You can also find information about how traffic complaints are handled at the Traffic Concerns page.
Phone: 8470 8888