Council’s Safe Routes to School program, co-funded by VicRoads, encourages primary school students, staff and parents to travel to school in a sustainable and safe way.
The program aims to increase:
- the awareness of road safety issues,
- reduce traffic congestion and
- increase the number of students travelling to school on foot, bicycle or scooter.
Safe Routes to School encourages active travel which is one of the ways to address congestion and parking issues around most schools. The program takes an holistic look at how students can safety get to and from school, using any means of transport. It involves work collaboratively with the school community.
Council has received funding to assist local schools in its 2013/14 and 2014/15 programs.
In the 2013/14 road safety program five primary schools participated. This included Aspendale Primary School, Chelsea Primary School, Chelsea Heights Primary School, Edithvale Primary School and St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School.
Before the program, the five schools had on average just 40% of students travelling to school sustainably, while 77% of the students said that they would prefer to travel to school by foot, bicycle or scooter. Chelsea Primary School achieved 81% of students getting to school by foot, bike or scooter on National Ride2School Day in March and were rewarded for their successes with $1,500 from Ride2School.
Four schools are participating in the 2014/15 program. They include:
- Clarinda Primary School
- Clayton South Primary School
- St Andrews Primary School
- Westall Primary School.
Benefits for schools participating are long lasting in terms of practical measures on the ground and behavioural changes.
The program is resource intensive and the number of schools next assessed will depend on school community support as well as having suitable resources. Some ongoing support is provided to previous schools participating in the project to ensure the sustainability of the changes achieved.
For more information please contact the Community Road Safety officer on 1300 653 356.
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City of Kingston Journey to School animation.