The Active Transport to School pilot program commenced in October 2007. It is a travel behaviour change program which encourages and promotes environmentally friendly transport options such as walking, cycling, bus transport and car pooling.
The aim of the program is to reduce the number of school trips that students take by car, in favour of safer, more environmentally friendly, healthier and physically active ways of travelling, with an emphasis on walking and cycling.
Reduced traffic congestion at schools is another key outcome of the project, increasing the overall safety of the school environment.
The project is a joint initiative of Fraser Coast Regional Council, Sport and Recreation Queensland, Hervey Bay State High School, Pialba State School and Cardno Consulting Engineers, with representatives from these organisations forming a steering committee to drive the project. Community Partnerships funding was received by Hervey Bay State High School for the project.
One of the outcomes of the program was to produce an active transport to school resource kit for distribution to schools within the region, to assist them to implement their own program. The contents of the resource is available below or a printed copy can be requested from Council by contacting the Recreation Services Coordinator on 1300 79 49 29.