TravelSmart to School WA

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Does your school have a wellness policy or something similar? If so, this could be used as an alternative to a specific active transport policy to formalise the school's commitment to active transport.

The US based Alliance for a Healthier Generation has create a model Wellness Policy to help schools devise their own policy. Whilst it is based on US requirements it could be tweaked for your school. I have modified their section on active transport, below, to be more suitable to Western Australia - feel free to use it!

Active Transport

The school supports active transport to and from school, such as walking, cycling or scooting.  The school will encourage this behaviour by:  [School will select from the list below and insert them here as policy].

  • actively promoting cycling, walking and scooting as a positive way of travelling
  • celebrating the achievements of those who use active transport to travel to school
  • providing cycle and scooter storage on the school site, as well as storage for wet weather clothing and umbrellas
  • providing high quality cycle training to all pupils who wish to participate
  • supporting staff and parents to promote activities such as participation in National Ride to School Day and Walk to School Day
  • integrating active transport (including road safety) into school curriculum and professional learning priorities
  • promoting the school's TravelSmart initiatives to students, staff, and parents via newsletters, websites and the local newspaper
  • supporting staff and students to conduct simple travel surveys to monitor changes in active transport
  • actively seeking improved crossings, shared paths and other pedestrian and cycling infrastructure around the school

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Comment by James Peart (TravelSmart) on January 29, 2015 at 15:22

Thanks for the positive feedback - it is always great to know when our content hits the mark!

Comment by St Columba's Primary-South Perth on January 29, 2015 at 15:17

This is excellent.  Late 2014 I wondered if schools have this type of information on their websites or in their handbooks.  It is a great proforma.  Many thanks for sharing this useful information, James.   Best wishes for a successful 2015 Travelsmart to School year!


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