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:

Behaviour Change

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:

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:

Benefits and Research

Physical Activity

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.

Read more: Department for Transport Western Australia - Active transport research articles for schools