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Positive results for 2012 Active School Travel progrm

14 March, 2013

Positive results for 2012 Active School Travel program

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is congratulating the 19 new schools that took part in the 2012 Active School Travel Program, with the exceptional results announced in time for Ride2School Day on Friday, 22 March.

The Lord Mayor said that in 2012, the program successfully removed the trip equivalent of 789 cars from the road each day, equating to a reduction of 1.92 million vehicle kilometres travelled, and a reduction of 520 cubic tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Cr Quirk said during 2012 more than 8,700 new students participated in the program, which encouraged students and their parents to walk, cycle, carpool or catch public transport to school.

“At the end of the year, 18 per cent of families chose to swap their single family car trip to school for an active and healthy transport mode such as walking, riding, carpooling and public transport – which is an excellent result,” Cr Quirk said.

“The benefits of this program include reduced traffic congestion on local streets, safer school environments and an active and healthy lifestyle for students and their families.”

Cr Quirk said that the national Ride2School Day was about making active travel a normal part of the school day and aligned well with Council’s Active School Travel program.

“The Active School Travel program is a long-term commitment to active transport, but the Ride2School Day is a great campaign to kick-start such healthy behaviours and I encourage our 2013 participating schools to get involved.”

The Lord Mayor said results of the 2012 program were positive across the board with:
• Single family car trips dropping from 74% to 56% (-18%)
• Walking trips almost doubling from 15% to 29% (+14%)
• Scooter trips increasing from 1% to 2% (+1%)
• Car-pooling trips increasing from 4% to 7% (+3%)
• Cycle trips remained steady, with a 2% before and after the program (0%)

The average increase in active travel modes at the remaining 2012 participating schools were:

• Queen of Apostles, Stafford (+36%)
• Christ the King, Graceville (+33%)
• Kelvin Grove College (+31%)
• St Margaret’s School, Ascot (+29%)
• St Joseph’s Bardon (+29%)
• St Aidan’s School, Corinda (+28%)
• Oakleigh State School, Ashgrove (+23%)
• Aspley State School (+19%)
• East Brisbane State School (+19%)
• Calamvale Community College (+18%)
• Enoggera State School (+18%)
• Brookfield State School (+13%)
• St Agnes School, Mt Gravatt (+8%)
• Newmarket State School (+6%)
• Mitchelton State School (+6%)
• Cannon Hill State School (+5%)
• Warrigal Road State School, 8 Mile Plains (+5%)
• St Kevin’s Primary School, Geebung (+5%)
• Bulimba State School (+3%)

A number of initiatives reinforce the aim of the project, including a weekly active travel day, bike and scooter skills training, carpooling, bus orientation and road safety education

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