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01 August, 2016

Brisbane City Council is encouraging school communities to ditch the car and put their walking shoes on as part of the 2017 Active School Travel Program.

Chairman for Public and Active Transport, Cr Adrian Schrinner said Council’s award-winning program aimed to boost exercise and attention levels, help improve kids’ road safety skills, and make school streets cleaner, safer and less congested.

“Brisbane’s primary schools can reap the benefits of this program by encouraging students to walk, cycle, scooter, car-pool or take public transport to and from school,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The program will not only help kids improve their road safety skills, but it also includes great incentives to motivate active travel.

“Every participating school gets their own dedicated Council Active School Travel officer, personalised active travel maps, free bike and scooter skills training, plus Active School Travel ‘passports’ and travel rewards.

“All Brisbane primary schools can now nominate for the program, however places are limited so I encourage schools to get their applications in fast.”

Each Active School Travel officer will work with the school to tailor a program specifically suiting the school’s needs, including weekly active travel days and personalised active travel maps with identified routes.

Cr Schrinner said the program had been a great success, helping to swap up to 35 per cent of single-family car trips to and from participating schools since it started in 2004.

“More than 88,000 students from 149 schools have benefitted from a more active and healthy lifestyle, safer streets, reduced traffic congestion and a cleaner and greener community,” he said.

“Last year 15 new schools entered the program and, by the end of the year, 13 per cent of single-family car trips had been swapped for an active and healthy transport mode.

“Research also shows that children who are physically active on the way to school are more alert and attentive in class, and arrive at school ready to learn.”

Nominations are now open for the 2017 round of the Active School Travel program until 19 August, and all primary schools within the Brisbane City Council area are encouraged to apply.

There are 45 schools participating in the 2016 program, including 18 new schools:

Ashgrove State School (new)
Pallara State School (new)
Holland Park State School (new)
Seville Road State School, Holland Park (new)
Mayfield State School, Carina (new)
St Flannan’s School, Zillmere (new)
Our Lady Help of Christians, Hendra (new)
Morningside State School (new)
Salisbury State School (new)
Our Lady of Dolours School, Mitchelton (new)
Jamboree Heights State School (new)
St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor (new)
Indooroopilly State School (new)
Carole Park State School (new)
Dutton Park State School (new)
Mitchelton State School (new)
Kelvin Grove State College (new)
Ferny Grove State School (new)
Aspley State School
Brisbane Central State School
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Coorparoo
St Joseph’s Primary, Kangaroo Point
Virginia State School
Australian International Islamic College, Durack
Newmarket State School
Warrigal Rd State School, Eight Mile Plains
Yeronga State School
Zillmere State School
Hamilton State School
Jindalee State School
Stafford State School
St Dympna’s School, Aspley
Junction Park State School, Annerley
St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Wilston
Milton State School
St Oliver Plunkett Catholic School, Cannon Hill
Geebung State School
Somerset Hills State School, Stafford Heights
Middle Park State School
Nashville State School, Brighton
Nundah State School
Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury
Corinda State School
Kedron State School
Kenmore State School
For more information or to apply for the 2017 Active School Travel program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeschooltravel or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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