Active travel is one of the easiest and most time efficient ways to ensure children receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Whether it involves walking, riding a bike, scooter or skateboard, catching public transport, or even a combination of each, active travel is a fun, safe and healthy way to travel to and from school.
Transport Canberra and City Services' Schools Program works with a number of stakeholders to deliver active travel support to schools. This includes active travel initiatives and coordination of infrastructure projects.
The Schools Program helps to make active travel a safer, more accessible and easier form of transport for children and parents around schools.
Contact the Schools Program at TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au.
The Active Streets for Schools program is an extension of the Ride or Walk to School program to make the environment around schools safer to ride, walk, scooter or skate to and from school.
Riding, walking, scooting or skating are simple ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday lives and daily journeys. Physically active children are healthier, happier and more socially connected than children who have more sedentary lifestyles.
Active Streets makes it easier and safer for children to ride or walk to school. Not only will this get kids active, it will give parents peace of mind that the route to school is safe and easy to follow. It is also a fun way to get to and from school and helps alleviate some of the traffic congestion created by parents dropping kids off at the school gate.
The Active Streets program has an educational campaign (see resources below, including a map for each school) that is complemented by infrastructure improvements focused on routes to schools.
Active Streets 2018-22
The Active Streets program has been expanded to include an additional 52 primary schools during 2018-22. The schools were selected following an Expression of Interest (EOI) process, which invited all primary schools that hadn’t previously received Active Streets support to indicate their interest in the program. All 52 schools that highlighted their interest in the program have been included in the expanded program:
|Arawang Primary||Gilmore Primary School||Narrabundah Early Childhood||St Monica's Primary|
|Bonython Primary||Giralang Primary||Neville Bonner Primary||St Thomas Aquinas Primary|
|Brindabella Christian College (Charnwood)||Gold Creek School||Ngunnawal Primary||St Thomas More’s Primary|
|Burgmann Anglican School||Gordon Primary||North Ainslie Primary||St Thomas the Apostle Primary|
|Campbell Primary School||Gowrie Primary School||Red Hill Primary||Sts Peter & Paul Primary|
|Canberra Christian School||Hawker Primary||Southern Cross Early Childhood||Taqwa School|
|Canberra Girls Grammar||Holy Family Primary||St Anthony’s Primary||Taylor Primary|
|Canberra Grammar||Kaleen Primary||St Benedict’s Primary||Torrens Primary|
|Canberra Montessori School||Kingsford-Smith School||St Clare of Assisi Primary||Trinity Christian School|
|Charles Conder Primary||Marist College||St Edmund’s College||Turner School|
|Covenant Christian School||Miles Franklin Primary||St John the Apostle School||Wanniassa Hills Primary|
|Duffy Primary School||Monash Primary||St Joseph’s Primary||Weetangera Primary|
|Franklin School||Namadgi School||St Michael's Primary||Yarralumla Primary|
Active Streets stencil
One of the infrastructure improvements delivered through the program is stencils along popular walking and riding paths around schools.
The stencils are used in conjunction with the school maps to promote routes to schools with minimal road crossings.
The stencils also help to promote school environments to the broader community to ensure people drive and ride safely around schools.
An information sheet to promote the stencil locations is available for the following schools:
|Ainslie Primary (PDF 1.8MB)||Curtin Primary (PDF 4.1MB)||Maribyrnong Primary (PDF 3.8MB)|
|Amaroo School (PDF 5.4MB)||Evatt Primary (PDF 4.2MB)||Mother Teresa Primary (PDF 1.7MB)|
|Aranda Primary (PDF 9.9MB)||Garran Primary (PDF 2.5MB)||Palmerston Primary (PDF 1.6MB)|
|Brindabella Christian College (PDF 2.6MB)||Good Shepherd Primary (PDF 2.7MB)||Richardson Primary (PDF 2.2MB)|
|Calwell Primary (PDF 3MB)||Harrison School (PDF 4.1MB)||Sacred Heart Primary (PDF 2.0MB)|
|Caroline Chisholm Primary (PDF 5.8MB)||Holy Trinity Primary (PDF 4MB)||St Vincent's Primary (PDF 3.7MB)|
|Chapman Primary (PDF 3.1MB)||Hughes Primary (PDF 7.2MB)||Wanniassa Primary (PDF 8.3MB)|
|Charnwood-Dunlop Primary (PDF 6.2MB)||Lyneham Primary (PDF 2.5MB)|
Active Streets pilot
Active Streets was piloted in four Belconnen primary schools (Latham, Macgregor, Macquarie and Mount Rogers) in 2015-16 to trial changes to existing roads and footpaths and provide information to families. The Active Streets Pilot Summary Report (PDF 1.2MB) highlights the findings from the pilot.
Dragon's teeth, 30km/h school speed zone environments, part way points, children's crossings, stencilling along popular paths and footpath improvements were some of the infrastructure measures tested around schools during the pilot.
Following the successful pilot, the Active Streets program was expanded to include 25 schools throughout 2016-18. Some of the successful elements from the pilot were delivered at the additional schools to make it easier and safer for children to walk or ride to school.
Active Streets schools and maps
|Ainslie School (PDF 2MB)||Curtin Primary School (PDF 3.5MB)||Maribyrnong Primary School (PDF 3.4MB)|
|Amaroo School (PDF 3.8MB)||Evatt Primary School (PDF 3.6MB)||Mother Teresa Primary School (PDF 3.9MB)|
|Aranda Primary School (PDF 6MB)||Garran Primary School (PDF 3.1MB)||Palmerston District Primary School (PDF 2.6MB)|
|Brindabella Christian College (PDF 3MB)||Good Shepherd Primary School (PDF 3.8MB)||Richardson Primary School (PDF 2.9MB)|
|Calwell Primary School (PDF 3.3MB)||Harrison School (PDF 3.9MB)||Sacred Heart Primary School (PDF 2.8MB)|
|Caroline Chisholm Primary School (PDF 4.6MB)||Holy Trinity Primary School (PDF 3.5MB)||St Vincent's Primary School (PDF 6MB)|
|Chapman Primary School (PDF 3MB)||Hughes Primary School (PDF 6.5MB)||Telopea Park School (no map available)|
|Charnwood-Dunlop School (PDF 4.4MB)||Lyneham Primary School (PDF 3MB)||Wanniassa Primary School (PDF 6.9MB)|
Active travel is a fun, safe and healthy way to travel to and from school.
The benefits of active travel for school communities include:
- healthier and more socially connected children
- reduced congestion and impact on the environment
- improved traffic flow and safety
- more attentive students
- greater community awareness of the school environment
Schools are encouraged to promote active travel as the preferred mode of transport. To support schools, a variety of resources are available to promote active travel and road safety around schools. If you would like to know more about the resources available, contact the TCCS Schools Program. The TCCS Schools Program is also available to undertake school site visits to discuss active travel, traffic management or road safety concerns.
It's Your Move (IYM) enables high school students to develop creative solutions to improving school health, using a 'systems approach' and a problem solving approach called design thinking. IYM is delivered by ACT Health in partnership with the ACT Education Directorate and contributes to the ACT Government Healthy Weight Initiative.
To find out more about It's Your Move, visit the ACT Health website.
Part way drop off and collection points provide alternative locations for parents who need to drive their children to school. Part way points have a number of benefits, including:
- reducing congestion at the school entrance
- increasing safety with less cars on the road at the school
- developing a child’s independence
- encouraging healthy and active habits
- creating a hive of activity of children on the paths around schools (which helps to lower speeds and reduces the perceived risk of stranger danger).
There are a number of part way points that provide safe and easy access to most schools. Look at a map with your child to identify a suitable part way point, which might include a road on the opposite side of the school oval, a nearby park or a wide street next to a shared path. Any distance up to one kilometre is suitable and easy for most children to walk or ride.
It is a good idea to walk or ride the route a number of times with your child prior to leaving them to travel independently to ensure they are familiar with the route. And remember, PART WAY is OK!
Public transport is an easy, safe and convenient mode of transport for school children in the ACT. Travelling by public transport not only helps to alleviate congestion around schools, it is also an excellent way for students to incorporate some incidental exercise into their day.
Riding or walking is one of the easiest ways to commute to and from school – and it has proven health benefits.
The Ride or Walk to School program, along with the It's Your Move: Safe Cycle for High Schools initiative aim to increase the number of children walking, riding or scooting to and from school.
The Physical Activity Foundation delivers the program in ACT schools with a range of resources including:
- biking equipment
- teacher training
The program was independently evaluated in 2017 – find out more about the evaluation results.
Schools and maps
Refresh your routine by riding or walking to participating schools. If your school isn’t yet involved, contact the Physical Activity Foundation to find out how to sign up.
Discover a ride or walk route for each participating school:
The following schools are participating in It’s Your Move Safe Cycle for High Schools, with curriculum resources including digital student theory in game format, bike packages for hire and practical lessons:
- Amaroo High School
- Caroline Chisholm School
- Lanyon High School
- Merici College
- Mt Stromlo High School.
- Walking to school Information sheet (PDF, 828.48 KB): Describes the benefits of walking to school.
- Cycling to school information sheet (PDF, 208.92 KB): Describes the benefits of cycling to school.
- Safety and children’s crossings information sheet (PDF, 1166.67 KB): Describes proper use of children’s crossings.
- General advice to parents information sheet (PDF, 780.1 KB): Tips for parents about safety around schools.
Find more classroom resources under the Active Streets for Schools section on this web page.
A School Crossing Supervisor program has commenced in the ACT at 20 crossing sites. School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions. They also help to manage the flow of pedestrians and motorists at the busiest crossings.
The program has two primary objectives:
- to increase safety for children around ACT schools
- to lessen parent concerns about safety, which will create school environments that are more conducive for active travel and help to create healthier and safer school communities.
The program focuses on crossings used by infant, primary school or special needs children.
HOBAN Recruitment has been engaged to recruit and manage the supervisors on behalf of the Territory. HOBAN has extensive experience delivering crossing supervisors for a number of councils in Victoria.
To register your interest in becoming a crossing supervisor, or to seek further information about the positions, contact HOBAN Recruitment.
Selection committee and process
A selection committee was formed to agree on a set of selection criteria and to select the priority sites for the pilot. The selection committee included representatives from:
- Transport Canberra and City Services (including Roads ACT in an advisory capacity)
- Education Directorate (including school principals)
- Justice and Community Safety Directorate
- ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations
- Association of Independent Schools of the ACT
- Catholic Education Office
- Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools
Transport Canberra and City Services provided advice to the selection committee about how similar programs are delivered in other jurisdictions and the selection process used to prioritise sites.
Pedestrian and traffic volumes were collected at all crossings located adjacent to eligible schools. This data was also provided to the selection committee to consider.
The selection committee used this information in conjunction with the selection criteria below to agree on the crossings with the greatest need for a supervisor.
To be considered an eligible site for a crossing supervisor in the ACT, the crossing must:
- be located on the road network adjacent to a school
- be used by early childhood, primary school or special needs children
- be located within a 40km/h or 30km/h school zone.
A crossing that meets these criteria was then assessed based on:
Pedestrian and traffic volumes:
- Minimum 300 vehicles per hour during the peak school periods
- Pedestrian volumes x traffic volumes / 100
- Previous incidents or near misses at a crossing
- The number of primary school aged children likely to use a crossing
- Challenging environments (e.g. the proximity of shopping centres, busy roads, hospitals etc.)
Proximity of other schools:
- The potential for more than one school to benefit from a supervisor at a particular location
Potential to increase active travel:
- The number of primary school age students at a school
- A school’s geographic location in the ACT (to ensure there is a reasonable spread of supervisors across the Territory so children from all regions can benefit from the program)
Ride or Walk to School program participation:
- Whether a school is participating in the program (given active travel is likely to be higher)
School Crossing Supervisor pilot schools
Based on the selection criteria above, the selection committee has prioritised the schools/crossings below to receive a supervisor as part of the program.
|Amaroo School & Good Shepherd||Katherine Ave (Pioneer St & Mornington St)|
|Brindabella Christian College||Brigalow St (Boyd St & Longstaff St)|
|Canberra Girls Grammar School||Grey St (Robe St & Empire Cct)|
|Chapman Primary School||Streeton Dr (Darwinia Terrace & Fremantle Dr)|
|Florey Primary School||Ratcliffe Crescent (Krefft St & Kesteven St)|
|Forrest Primary School||National Cct (Hobart Ave & Franklin St)|
|Garran Primary School||Gilmore Cres (Palmer St and Esson Pl)|
|Gold Creek School & Holy Spirit Primary School||Kelleway Ave (Oldershaw Ct & Whatmore Ct)|
|Harrison School||Wimmera St (Varne St & Topra St)|
|Hughes Primary School||Groom St (Whittle St & Wark St)|
|Lyneham Primary School||Brigalow St (Hall St & Longstaff St)|
|Majura Primary School||Knox St (Windeyer St & Harvey St)|
|Mother Teresa School||Mapleton Ave (Otway St & Wimmera St)|
|Namadgi School||O'Halloran Cct (Jenke Cct & Jenke Cct)|
|Ngunnawal Primary School||Wanganeen Ave (Yumba Ave & Guginya Cres)|
|Red Hill Primary School||La Perouse St (Fortitude St & Dalrymple St)|
|St Clare of Assisi Primary||Box Hill Ave (Heidelberg St & Handasyde St)|
|Sts Peter & Paul & Malkara School||Wisdom St (Webster St & Boake Pl)|
|Trinity Christian School||McBride Cr (Bromley St & Mackinnon St)|
|Turner School||David St (Hay St & Sargood St)|
The School Crossing Supervisor program will help children and parents feel safe around schools, however it is not the only solution. Motorists and pedestrians still need to display appropriate behaviours in school zones to ensure the community remains safe.
Safer school environments will help to encourage a greater uptake of active travel by children, which will help to create a healthy community.
If you have any questions about the program, contact the TCCS Schools Program.