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 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 drop off points, children’s crossings, stencilling along popular walking paths and footpath improvements were some of the infrastructure measures constructed around schools during the pilot.
Following the successful pilot, the Active Streets program was expanded to include 20 sites (25 schools) throughout 2016-18. Some of the successful elements from the pilot are being delivered at the additional schools to make it easier and safer for children to walk or ride to school.
Two Gungahlin schools are part of the current program which are Harrison School and Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School.