A Safe Routes to School program enables our children and young people to walk, scoot and ride a bike to school and makes our communities safer, healthier places for everyone.
A national framework combining low cost, high impact interventions with training, mapping and engagement to increase active travel to school, establish healthy lifestyles, improve safety around schools and reduce physical inactivity-related chronic disease.
July 2018 Update:
A national Safe Routes to School trial funding application was lodged on 28 June with our project partners, the Sunshine Coast Council, ESRI Australia and the University of Canberra's Health Research Institute. Lodged under the federal governments Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, the ‘RideScore Sunshine Coast Trial’ will utilise smart tech to build on work done by the Council to engage children and respond to key concerns experienced by parents around independent travel to school.
The trial will establish a scalable national model for a Safe Routes to School Scheme that can be rolled out through Councils across the country and boost walking and cycling to school.
Built around Bluetooth smart technologies, an online engagement platform, planning by the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute, interactive mapping from global geospatial experts ESRI and engagement workshops with school communities we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received.
Our federal funding application was accompanied by letters of support from:
The trial is expected to be conducted from early 2019 until late June 2020. We Ride Australia has committed to co-fund the trial with the Sunshine Coast Council, Stocklands and corporate partners.
All donations we receive will go to our contribution to the $500,000 trial.
National Safe Routes to School policy establishing:
Why? We have stopped moving!