It’s a great way to get moving every day!
The daily trips to and from school are terrific opportunities for kids to be active.
Ride or Walk to School – primary schools
The Ride or Walk to School Program is a free ACT Government service, developed by ACT Health and delivered in schools by the Physical Activity Foundation. It aims to build the capacity of Canberra primary schools to actively encourage and support students to ride, walk, scooter, skate or take public transport to school.
Over 70 ACT schools are currently participating in Ride or Walk to School, gaining access to:
It’s Your Move Safe Cycle – high schools
The equivalent high school program, It’s Your Move – Safe Cycle is currently delivered in 13 ACT High schools. Participating schools access a similar suite of resources as those available to RWTS schools.
For more information, or to get involved in either of these programs, please visit the Physical Activity Foundation website.
The Ride or Walk to School and It’s Your Move – Safe Cycle programs sit alongside Active Streets, a Transport Canberra and City Services initiative which aims to make the environment around schools safer to ride, walk, scooter or skate to and from school. Together, these programs take a whole of school approach to increasing active travel among school students in Canberra.
School route maps, outlining safe walking and riding paths, as well as part way drop off points, have been developed as part of these programs. Visit the TCCS Active Travel for Schools webpages to download your school’s route map!
In 2017, an independent evaluation of the Ride or Walk to School program was conducted which showcased a number of positive results, including:
- the program has been successful in increasing the rates of active travel amongst primary school students involved in the program
- positive feedback on the program from schools and teachers
- the program is well regarded by stakeholders
The full report is available here.