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.
Cycling, walking, scooting or skating are simple ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday lives and daily journeys to and from school. Physically active children are healthier, happier and more socially connected than children who have more sedentary lifestyles.
The Active Streets program has an educational campaign that is complemented by infrastructure improvements focused on routes to schools. Dragon's teeth, 30km/h school speed zone environments, part way drop off points, children's crossings, stencilling along popular walking paths and footpath improvements are some of the infrastructure measures constructed around schools as part of the program.
Active Streets will make it easier and safer for children to ride or walk to school. Not only will this get kids active, but 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.
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. Following the successful pilot, the Active Streets program will be rolled out across 20 school sites throughout 2016-18 with additional funding in the 2016-17 Budget. The schools that will be targeted for the program include:
- Ainslie School
- Amaroo School and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School (co-located site)
- Aranda Primary School and St Vincent's Primary School (co-located site)
- Calwell Primary School
- Caroline Chisholm Primary School
- Chapman Primary School
- Charnwood‑Dunlop School
- Curtin Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School (co-located site)
- Evatt Primary School
- Garran Primary School
- Harrison School and Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School (co-located site)
- Hughes Primary School
- Lyneham Primary School and Brindabella Christian College Junior School (co-located site)
- Maribyrnong Primary School
- Melrose High School
- Palmerston District Primary School
- Richardson Primary School
- Sacred Heart Primary School
- Telopea Park School
- Wanniassa School
The Active Streets program forms part of the ACT Government's Healthy Weight Initiative, supporting a healthy, active and productive community.