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Council program removes 130 cars

10 February, 2009

Brisbane City Council’s Active School Travel program has resulted in a dramatic reduction in car trips and greenhouse gases, according to the latest results.

The equivalent of about 130 cars a year were removed from the road (RACQ average kilometre estimates) or two million vehicle kilometres, and 550 tonnes of CO2 cut from the atmosphere.

Public and Active Transport Chairman Councillor Jane Prentice said the achievements from the 2008 program, released today, were record results for the six-year program.

“Car trips were reduced by almost 25 per cent across the 13 participating schools during the course of the year, compared with before the program started,” she said.

“Walking and cycling trips increased by over 22 per cent.”

The Active School Travel Program aims to reduce congestion and promote cleaner and more active modes of travel such as walking, cycling, car pooling and public transport.

Participating schools were Ashgrove, Corinda, Grand Avenue, Junction Park, Kenmore, Milton, Morningside, Sandgate, Stretton State College, Taigum, Wynnum West, Wilston and St Peter & St Paul Catholic Primary.

Cr Prentice said Wynnum West and Wilston State Schools achieved a huge 35 per cent reduction in car trips.

She said overall the 2008 program more than doubled the success of 2007 in some areas.

“There was a 19 per cent increase in walking trips for the 2008 schools, more than double that of last year, which was a 7 per cent increase,” she said.

“The 25 per cent cut in car trips was also twice more than last year’s 11 per cent reduction – all very encouraging results that we hope to build on again next year.”

Cr Prentice said targeted and packaged programs such as ‘Walking Wheeling Wednesday’ and the ‘Walking School Bus’ proved popular with children.

Ashgrove State School and Stretton State College achieved a peak participation level of 96 per cent on Walking Wheeling Wednesday.

Ashgrove averaged 50 bikes using the bike shelter cage during any Walking Wheeling Wednesday and Wilston State School more than 60 bikes.

Brisbane’s results were found to exceed international results in equivalent programs such as Transport for London’s School Travel Plan (Report 2007/8 – from 2005).

“According to our figures, Brisbane achieved a 25 per cent increase in active travel, compared with London’s 6 per cent and Auckland’s 3 per cent,” Cr Prentice said.

Active School Travel program has grown from eight schools in 2004 to a record 21 schools in 2009 – including the first high school.

New schools participating in 2009’s Active School Travel program are:

1. Bracken Ridge State School
2. Brisbane Central State School
3. Forest Lake State School
4. Gumdale State School
5. Ithaca Creek State School
6. Lota State School
7. Manly State School
8. Mansfield State School
9. Mater Dei Catholic Primary School Ashgrove
10. Mount Crosby State School
11. Oxley State School
12. Petrie Terrace State School
13. Rainworth State School
14. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Sandgate
15. St Ambroses Catholic Primary School Newmarket
16. St Andrews Catholic Primary School Ferny Grove
17. St John Vianneys Catholic Primary School Manly
18. St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School The Gap
19. Toowong State School
20. Wellers Hill State School
21. Balmoral State High School

For more information about Council’s Active School Travel program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or contact Council on 3403 8888.

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