Active Transport to School
Walking and cycling are a great way to travel to school. These active transport options create health and well-being benefits for students, as well as improved outcomes for the environment and the wider transport network.
Every morning one in five cars on the road is driving a school student to school. Shifting even a small proportion of these trips to active transport would have a significant impact on peak hour traffic congestion. Walking to school improves the health and well-being of students and helps to reduce pollution in the environment.
Have your say
To find out more on walking and cycling to school please contact us ATTS@transport.nsw.gov.au
Resources to get started
To encourage walking and cycling to school, everyone, from government, schools, parents, to students and the community, can play a significant part. Use the resources below to get started.
Safety and Education
The NSW Government run a number of safety campaigns and programs to ensure safety for students who walk and cycle to school:
- Centre for Road Safety Education Programs for Early Childhood Centres, Primary School and Secondary School
- Road safety as well as health and well-being benefits of walking and cycling are taught in the learning area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). All students in NSW study PDHPE from Kindergarten to Year 10. Road safety education specialists provide professional learning and advice to teachers and schools.
- Safety around schools program focuses on creating safe street environments for students across NSW.
- The School Crossing Supervisor program increases mobility and safety around schools by enhancing the performance of pedestrian traffic facilities.
An Active Travel Plan is a management strategy for delivering long term behavioural change and sustainable travel patterns. It is about understanding how students, parents and staff make their transport decisions and using this to influence behaviours that lead to better sustainable outcomes, while reducing adverse impacts such as local congestion.
Travel Plans are a fantastic way to encourage and manage behaviour change in existing schools.
Use the Travel Plan Toolkit to prepare an Active Travel Plan.
If a Travel Plan is a condition of your planning consent you should consult with the relevant planning authority for advice on your specific requirements.
Read more on school infrastructure and state significant development.
Behaviour change programs and campaigns to support Active Travel Plans include:
- Travel Choices Program and COVIDSAFE Travel Choices, Transport for NSW
- Active Travel Flipbook, NSW Health
- Munch and Move, NSW Health Initiative for early childhood
- Live Life Well at School
- Getting Active at School, Heart Foundation
- Healthy Eating Active Living, NSW Government
National and State group participation days
Promotional activities and events are a great way to promote and build a culture of walking and cycling to school.
Find out about upcoming events and activities that promote walking and cycling to school including:
Leading the way
Walking and cycling to school is often driven at the community level. Find out more about grass root initiatives and studies promoting walking and cycling to schools:
- City of Sydney Active Travel to School Toolkit
- Active Transport For Childcare Centres: A case study and resource for councils, University of Technology
- Urban Design Study: Active Travel to Schools, Heart Foundation
Benefits and Research
The Australian Government Department of Health provides physical activity guidelines for parents and educators.
For optimal health benefits, children and young people (aged 5–17 years) should be:
- Accumulating 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day involving mainly aerobic activities.
- Several hours of a variety of light physical activities.
- Activities that are vigorous, as well as those that strengthen muscle and bone should be incorporated at least 3 days per week.
- To achieve greater health benefits, replace sedentary time with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity, while preserving sufficient sleep.