Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway
Queensland | Regional
The Active School Travel program was established in 2004 and over 158 Brisbane primary schools have now participated. It was initially developed as a road safety program which then evolved into an active travel program to ensure there was a balanced approach to traffic congestion and health improvement. It also includes messages that support the well-researched health benefits to children from increased activity levels, such as walking and riding to school. The program is aligned with Brisbane City Council’s active transport vision, which is to create a high quality, connected, accessible pathway network which will attract people of all ages to walk and cycle.
By increasing the number of families who actively travel to school, the AST program aims to:
Each school on the AST program establishes a committee that works closely with a dedicated Council officer who provides specialist behaviour change advice and resources.
Over the three-year program, each school implements strategies that provide families with the information, motivation and opportunity to adopt active travel modes.
Schools tailor the program to their needs and have access to:
Evaluation of the program is ongoing with current measurements including:
To encourage more networking and ongoing participation in the program, the Brisbane Lord Mayor hosts an annual awards presentation where outstanding schools are recognised for their achievements and all schools are given an opportunity to share ideas.