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Active School Travel Program means 17% fewer cars on road

27 February, 2014

Active School Travel Program means 17% fewer cars on road

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling on Brisbane schools to sign up for a program which has led to a 17 per cent reduction in car trips.

The Lord Mayor said Council’s Active School Travel Program was helping Brisbane school students learn about the benefits of walking, cycling, carpooling and scootering to school.

“The Active School Travel program is about reducing the amount of traffic around schools, encouraging a cleaner environment and creating a more social school community, by having students and teachers actively travel to school,” Cr Quirk said.

“Schools who participated in last year’s program achieved an overall average of a 17 per cent reduction in car trips and an 11 per cent increase in walking trips.

“We received similarly good results in 2012, with an 18 per cent reduction in car trips and a 14 per cent increase in walking trips.

“These results demonstrate our school communities understand the value in promoting sustainable travel modes, which contributes to my vision of Brisbane being Australia’s cleanest and greenest city.”

Cr Quirk said 2012 and 2013 had also recorded minor increases in the number of carpooling and scooter riding trips (between 1 and 3 per cent).

Since the program started in 2004, 157 Brisbane schools and more than 87,000 students have participated in the Active School Travel program.

Schools are enrolled for three years, with Brisbane City Council offering hands-on support for the first 12 months then assisting when required for the remaining two years.

There are 50 schools across Brisbane participating in the program in 2014, which includes new schools as well as schools in their second and third years.

Cr Quirk said students were offered rewards such as stationery, tote bags and handballs to help motivate them to take up the active travel challenge.

“Another popular component of the Active School Travel program is the educational assembly presentation which is staged at each participating school, featuring the program mascot, Roadstar, as well as two other characters, Red ‘stop’ and Green ‘go’,” he said.

School enrolments for 2015 are now open, by going to Council’s website www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and searching for ‘Active School Travel’. Spaces are strictly limited.

[ENDS] February 26, 2014

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