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Active travel for schools

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

Active Streets for Schools

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)

Educational resources

Active Travel Toolkit

Newsletters and social media content
TC Town activity book
Active Streets stencil program
Supporting programs
Additional support

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.


A selection of brochures are available to promote within school communities.

Contact Transport Canberra and City Services’ (TCCS) Schools Program if you would like to print copies of the brochures and require the print ready files.

Newsletters and social media content

Newsletters and social media are effective platforms to encourage safe and healthy behaviours. The newsletter articles and social media posts below can be tailored to suit each school’s needs. A suite of fun cartoon images are also available. The images can be used in conjunction with the articles and posts or separately to encourage behaviour change within school communities.

Walking or riding to school (DOC 240KB)

Walking or riding is healthy and fun (DOC 238KB)

Safe parking behaviours (DOC 226KB)

Avoiding the school peak times (DOC 209KB)

Part way is ok (DOC 219KB)

Slow down to keep children safe (DOC 227KB)

Safe driving around the school (DOC 220KB)

Part way points ease congestion (DOC 219KB)

Parking restrictions protect safety (DOC 241KB)

Enjoy more family time (DOC 206KB)

Keeping our crossings safe (DOC 241KB)

Healthy and active (DOC 231KB)

Creating safe school environments (DOC 233KB)

Enforcement around schools (DOC 222KB)

Stop look listen think (DOC 195KB)

Road safety education (DOC 229KB)

Reduce school congestion (DOC 245KB)

Pick up and set down zone (DOC 245KB)

Help to keep children safe (DOC 196KB)

Reducing school traffic (DOC 224KB)

The full suite of newsletter and social media posts can be viewed (DOC 1.6MB) here. The full suite of cartoon images can be downloaded here.


Videos provide engaging content that can be shared through newsletters or social media.


Fun activities are a good way to educate children about different forms of active travel (walking, riding or using public transport) and the associated health benefits. The resources can easily be printed and used in the classroom as a fun activity or at home.


Posters can be used to promote safe and healthy behaviours around schools (e.g. on the school entrance, foyers, bike storage facilities and classrooms). The posters can be printed in various sizes.

Schools participating in the Ride or Walk to School or Active Streets for Schools programs may have access to additional maps and posters. Contact the TCCS Schools Program for more information.

TC Town activity book

Transport Canberra (TC) provides many options to travel around town, which includes walking and cycling, catching a bus or light rail, or a combination of each. TC town (PDF 6MB) is an activity book with fold out cardboard models to teach children some of the safe, healthy and fun travel options in Canberra.

If you would like to receive printed copies of TC Town to educate children about transport and the supporting initiatives available in Canberra, contact TCCS.

Active Streets stencil program

Wayfinding stencils have been installed along footpaths leading to a number of primary schools as part of the Active Streets program, to help children navigate their way to school safely. An information sheet to promote the stencil locations is available for the following schools:


Supporting programs

Ride or Walk to School program - a free initiative available to all schools to drive a culture change within the school community and encourage more walking and riding to and from school.

Active Streets for Schools program - an educational campaign that is supported by infrastructure improvements to support active travel to and from school.

School Crossing Supervisor program - provides a crossing supervisor at children’s or pedestrian crossings during the peak times at a selection of the busiest crossings in the ACT.

Additional support

The TCCS Schools Program was developed to provide active travel and traffic management support to schools. If you would like to arrange an onsite visit to discuss active travel, traffic management or road safety concerns, or would like to know more about the programs and support available, contact the TCCS Schools Program.

It's Your Move Safe Cycle for high schools

It’s Your Move Safe Cycle (IYMSC) builds on the primary school Ride or Walk to School program and focuses on increasing student confidence to ride and create environments to encourage students to actively travel to school.

IYMSC provides teachers with access to Australian curriculum aligned resources for students in years 7 and 8 and teacher training to implement a safe cycle program.

Resources include:

  • lesson plans to educate students in safe cycling techniques and bike maintenance
  • online game-based theory for students to consolidate their knowledge
  • a how-to guide for using QR code technology to encourage active travel

More information is available on the Physical Activity Foundation website.

IYMSC for high schools is part of a broader ACT Health initiative It’s Your Move (IYM) which is delivered in partnership with the Education Directorate and provides high school students with an opportunity to develop creative solutions that improve school health.

Part way points

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 for students

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.

The Transport Canberra website has more information about the bus and light rail services in Canberra, which includes information about school services.


Ride or Walk to School for primary schools

The ACT Government’s Ride or Walk to School (RWTS) program complements other government initiatives to support children to walk or ride to school.

RWTS provides ACT schools with access to Australian curriculum aligned resources to teach safe cycling, teacher training and parental engagement materials to help the whole school community embrace riding and walking to school.

The following curriculum resources will assist teachers to implement Safe Cycle in the classroom:

This online Safe Cycle for families resource covers a range of topics and is a great link to send home with students to support classroom learning.

More information about the RWTS program is available on the Physical Activity Foundation’s website.

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:

Ainslie School (PDF 2MB)Fraser Primary School (PDF 3.8MB)Mount Rogers Primary School (PDF 7.5MB)
Amaroo School (PDF 3.8MB)Galilee School (no map available)Namadgi School (PDF 4MB)
Aranda Primary School (PDF 6MB)Garran Primary School(PDF 3.1MB)Neville Bonner Primary School (PDF 2.6MB)
Arawang Primary School (PDF 2.9MB)Gilmore Primary School (PDF 4.2MB)Ngunnawal Primary School (PDF 3.4MB)
Black Mountain School (no map available)Giralang Primary School (PDF 3.8MB)North Ainslie Primary School
Bonython Primary School (PDF 3.5MB)Good Shepherd Primary School (PDF 3.1MB)Palmerston District School (PDF 2.6MB)
Brindabella Christian (Charnwood) (PDF 4.7MB)Harrison School (PDF 3.9MB)Red Hill Primary School
Brindabella Christian (Lyneham) (PDF 2.8MB)Holy Trinity Primary School (PDF 3.4MB)Richardson Primary School (PDF 2.9MB)
Calwell Primary School (PDF 3.3MB)Hughes Primary School (PDF 6.5MB)Rosary Primary School (PDF 2.7MB)
Canberra Montessori SchoolIsabella Plains Early Childhood School (PDF 4.1MB)Sacred Heart Primary School (PDF 2.8MB)
Caroline Chisholm School (PDF 4.6MB)Jervis Bay Primary School (no map available)Southern Cross Early Childhood School (PDF 1.9MB)
Chapman Primary School (PDF 3MB)Kaleen Primary SchoolSt Anthony's Primary School
Charles Conder Primary School (PDF 3.3MB)Kingsford Smith School (PDF 591KB)St Thomas Aquinas Primary School
Charles Weston Primary SchoolLatham Primary School (PDF 7.2MB)St Thomas More's Primary School (PDF 2.9MB)
Charnwood Dunlop School (PDF 4.4MB)Lyneham Primary School (PDF 3MB)St Vincent's Primary School (PDF 3.2MB)
Covenant Christian School (no map available)Macgregor Primary School (PDF 5.9MB)Taylor Primary School (PDF 3.7MB)
Curtin Primary School (PDF 3.5MB)Macquarie Primary School (PDF 7.5MB)UC High School Kaleen (PDF 2MB)
Duffy Primary SchoolMaribyrnong Primary School (PDF 3.4MB)Wanniassa School (PDF 6.9MB)
Evatt Primary School (PDF 3.6MB)Melrose High School (PDF 9.6MB)Weetangera Primary School (PDF 2.9MB)
Farrer Primary School (PDF 3.3MB)Miles Franklin Primary School (PDF 4.1MB)Woden School (no map available)
Forrest Primary SchoolMonash Primary School 
Franklin Early Childhood School (PDF 2.8MB)Mother Teresa Primary School (PDF 2.7MB) 

Find more classroom resources under the Active Streets for Schools section on this web page.

School Crossing Supervisors

A School Crossing Supervisor program commenced in the ACT in 2018. The program commenced at 20 crossings in 2018, with another five crossings included from the beginning of the 2019 school year.

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.

Program delivery

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.

Selection criteria

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

Safety considerations:

  • 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.)
  • Speed

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

School location:

  • 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 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 Katherine Ave (Pioneer St & Mornington St)
Brindabella Christian College Brigalow St (Boyd St & Longstaff St)
Canberra Grammar School (2019) Monaro Cres (Flinders Way & Golden Grove)
Canberra Girls Grammar School Grey St (Robe St & Empire Cct)
Chapman Primary School Streeton Dr (Darwinia Terrace & Fremantle Dr)
Duffy Primary (2019) Burrinjuck Cres (Jindabyne St & Somerset St)
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)
Good Shepherd Primary (2019) Burdekin Ave (Yule St & Leven St)
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)
St Francis of Assisi Primary (2019) Casey Cres (Were St & Loader Cres)
Sts Peter & Paul & Malkara School Wisdom St (Webster St & Boake Pl)
Torrens Primary (2019) Beasley St (Gouger St & Torrens 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.


First Person Consulting was engaged to evaluate the School Crossing Supervisor program, highlighting positive results including:

  • The presence of school crossing supervisors has positively influenced attitudes of parents;
  • There are significantly improved perceptions on safety and danger; and
  • Supervisors influence parents to allow their children to travel more actively.

School crossing supervisor program evaluation report (PDF 483KB).