ACT Government to spend $2million to encourage kids to walk or ride to school

Lachlan Roberts 6 December 2018 18

Suzanne Orr visited Giralang Primary School, which is one of 52 schools that will benefit from the ACT Government’s investment. Photo: Supplied.

The ACT Government will spend $2 million to install new street signs, wayfinding pavement stencils, new footpaths, safer crossings, traffic calming measures and additional bike storages to encourage more kids to walk or ride to school next year.

More than 50 schools across the nation’s capital will join the ACT Government’s Active Streets for Schools program, which gives schools the resources and infrastructure to encourage more students to walk, ride or use public transport.

Suzanne Orr, representing the ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris and Education Minister Yvette Berry, said the first year of the Active Streets saw a five per cent increase in the number of children who walked or rode to and from school.

“Earlier this year, we offered the program to all the remaining primary schools that hadn’t yet received Active Streets support,” Ms Orr said. “I’m really pleased to say that all 52 schools that indicated their interest in participating in the program will be included in the expanded program.”

The Active Streets program goes hand-in-hand with the Ride or Walk to School program which supports schools to build the confidence and skills of students to actively travel to school.

“The great thing about this program is that we work with the schools to tailor the infrastructure improvements to suit each school’s individual needs and help address potential barriers preventing walking or riding to school,” said Ms Orr.

“We know that kids who are more active do better in the classroom, so this program not only makes it safer and easier for kids to get to school but helps kids be healthier, happier and more socially connected.”

Schools to benefit from Active Streets in 2019:

Arawang Primary, Bonython Primary; Brindabella Christian College (Belconnen); Burgmann Anglican School (Gungahlin); Campbell Primary School; Canberra Christian School; Canberra Girls’ Grammar; Canberra Grammar; Canberra Montessori School; Charles Conder Primary; Covenant Christian School; Duffy Primary School; Franklin Early Childhood School; Gilmore Primary School; Giralang Primary; Gold Creek School; Gordon Primary; Gowrie Primary School; Hawker Primary; Holy Family Primary; Kaleen Primary; Kingsford-Smith School; Marist College; Miles Franklin Primary; Monash Primary; Namadgi School; Narrabundah Early Childhood School; Neville Bonner Primary; Ngunnawal Primary; North Ainslie Primary; Red Hill Primary; Southern Cross Early Childhood School; St Anthony’s Primary; St Benedict’s Primary; St Clare of Assisi Primary; St Edmund’s College; St John the Apostle School; St Joseph’s Primary; St Michael’s Primary; St Monica’s Primary; St Thomas Aquinas Primary; St Thomas More’s Primary; St Thomas the Apostle Primary; Sts Peter & Paul Primary; Taqwa School; Taylor Primary; Torrens Primary; Trinity Christian School; Turner School; Wanniassa Hills Primary; Weetangera Primary; Yarralumla Primary

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18 Responses to ACT Government to spend $2million to encourage kids to walk or ride to school
Lindy Turnbull Lindy Turnbull 5:19 am 09 Dec 18

My son had his bike stolen along with four other bikes at the schools bike compound three weeks ago..


Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 10:44 pm 08 Dec 18

Time for a new govt

futto futto 5:35 pm 08 Dec 18

Looking at many of the parents when I drop off the kids at school, they need walking to work options too.

How do our kids like being told to be “heathy” with their exercise and eating options when so many adults are in the weight range that is medically obese?

People need to love them self more, eat better and find the time to exercise. Canberra has so many open spaces with one of the most livable city rankings, but still so many obese people who can’t enjoy it! It makes me sad.

Donna Venables Donna Venables 5:33 pm 08 Dec 18

Yeah right. With so many school closures , not all kids can walk to school. I’m in Chifley, we are in the intake area for Torrens. 4km. Yep. Great little walk each day. NOT!

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 9:57 pm 08 Dec 18

    Depends on the age of the children, but bikes might be the answer.

Louise Anne Louise Anne 4:52 pm 08 Dec 18

It's not the kids that need encouraging. It's the parents who worry about paths, lights, crossings, company, and a safe route to travel.

Jason Preston Jason Preston 3:52 pm 08 Dec 18

Just stop more buses and you’re on a winner

Natalie Roseworn Natalie Roseworn 3:48 pm 08 Dec 18

There isn’t a school in our suburb, so not close enough to walk or ride unfortunately. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Liz Lyell Liz Lyell 3:16 pm 08 Dec 18

Is that because the Government wants to get rid of the school buses?

Melissa Helmers Melissa Helmers 2:15 pm 08 Dec 18

Giralang is a great suburb for kids to get to school safely. From my house they don't have to cross a single road due to underpasses. I wish other newer suburbs did similar.

Uté Diversi Uté Diversi 1:07 pm 08 Dec 18

And bike paths as well. I just went through Belconnen and one SUV kept a 50cm distance to me, eager to get to the shops. Who cares about people, really?!! 😕🤔

Ben Roberts Ben Roberts 11:48 am 08 Dec 18

Not sure it's the kids you need to encourage....its the parents who are paranoid little Mary or little Johnny will be nabbed, get lost, run over or worse still, might just enjoy it.

Sue Elliott Sue Elliott 10:59 am 08 Dec 18

Instead of an ACTION Bus!

Katherine Larkings Katherine Larkings 10:56 am 08 Dec 18

They also need to consider school catchments and suburb walkability. Having priority enrolment areas to a school where none of the urban design encourages active transport to that school. (Case in point: Franklin being in the priority enrolment area for Palmerston school!)

Amanda Louise Amanda Louise 10:06 am 08 Dec 18

Then they need to make it safe to do so. Make school zones clearer with flashing lights, speed zones marked on the road and add guards to all crossings

Jo Anna Jo Anna 10:01 am 08 Dec 18

I for one was forced to walk to school and I am against it.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 1:16 pm 08 Dec 18

    So was I, which I am grateful for. It showed me how normal and easy this is. I had the chance several times to walk through snow to school too, which was so much fun. Found pretty stones in the gravel, admired flowers; none of which would have happened if I had been wrapped in cotton wool and these opportunities stolen and I was driven to school.

    Bill Jackson Bill Jackson 1:26 pm 08 Dec 18

    We either walked or biked. Loved it.

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