Active travel

Being active on the way to and from school significantly boosts a student's daily physical activity and enhances their social and community ties.

Active travel gets children moving every day. Active travel involves walking, cycling, scooting or other active ways of getting to or from school, for the whole journey or as part of the journey along with other travel modes, such as public transport.

What is active travel

Being active on the way to and from school contributes significantly to a student's daily physical activity and increases social and community connectedness. It also has many other benefits including:

  • increasing social interactions with family and friends
  • fostering school and community connectedness
  • supporting mobility independence and familiarity with the neighbourhood
  • reducing road and public transport congestion and pollution.

Schools can support active travel by:

  • encouraging parents to support their children to actively travel to school
  • providing facilities that support active travel to and from school for students, staff and families (e.g. bike racks, bike shelters)
  • offering bicycle education programs and guidance on safe routes to school
  • working with families and local councils to provide safe and convenient routes to schools.

Strategies and approaches

These strategies and resources provide suggestions for how schools can support active travel.

Active travel resources