Schools on board with active school travel
AN initiative to change the travel behaviour of students and their parents has kicked off in the south-west with an exhibition of dancing, singing and acrobatics.
The special performance, held at Grand Avenue State School, aimed to get the school community enthusiastic about Brisbane City Council's Active School Travel program.
First launched in 2004, each year the program encourages families to choose walking, cycling, car-pooling or public transport over private vehicle travel to get to and from school.
According to a case study by Healthy Spaces and Places, driving children to school by car has a major impact on their health, levels of inactivity and independence skills.
School related traffic was also a major contribution to rush hour congestion, causing slow journey times, poor air quality and road safety issues.
Grand Ave SS was one of 21 schools participating in the program for 2013.
Parkinson Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor said the launch was about getting students motivated to take part in the "dynamic program".
"Each car off the road helps to reduce traffic congestion on local streets, create a safer school environment and encourage children to be active and healthy," Cr Owen-Taylor said.
"Making it a very worthwhile program for these schools and the wider community."
This program uses a range of initiatives to provide students and their families with information, support and the opportunity to adopt active travel choices.
It promotes activities such as walking groups, park and stride, road safety education and providing bike and scooter skills training.
More than 63,000 students have taken part in this program so far, taking the equivalent of 1300 car trips off the road each day.
In 2011, schools participating in the Active School Travel program reduced family car trips to and from school by an average of 30% overall.
For more information about the program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.