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 Schools

On an average school day more than one in five cars on the road during the morning peak hour in Perth are involved in the school journey. This adds up to about 80 million kilometres of car travel per year for the morning trip alone. That is a lot of time spent sitting in the car when you could be doing so much more.

 

So why not encourage active transport to get to School?

Encouraging children to walk, scoot, skate, cycle or use public transport to get to school is an easy and fun way to get physical activity into their day and to reduce traffic in your local community. Benefits include:

  • Less parking problems around the school
  • Children are more alert at school from physical activity
  • Children learn road safety rules and how to travel independently

  • Less carbon emissions and improved air quality
  • Health benefits for parents from increased physical activity


From 'TravelSmart to School' to 'Your Move Schools' 

For more than 10 years the TravelSmart to School program was successfully implemented in many WA school communities. The City of Belmont is actually home to the two most highly accredited schools ever to undertake the TravelSmart to School program. In early 2017, the Department of Transport stopped the TravelSmart to School program and started an exciting new one - Your Move Schools.  Your Move Schools is part of a bigger new program that also includes Your Move Workplace and Your Move Community.

Your Move Schools new website is fantastic!

The new Your Move School website is amazing. It is full of fantastic stories about what is happening at the participating schools from all over WA. There are hundreds of posts, pictures, videos and 'how to' articles available for you to look at. Ever wonder how to start a Walking School Bus? The number of interesting articles is growing every day. 

What’s available for my school?

It is easy to join up and be part of the Your Move Schools program. A school can earn points simply by sharing their activities on a blog and posting a few photos. These points can be used to purchase prizes, giveaways, training and range of other things through the online shop.

If your school participates in the Your Move Schools program the City of Belmont offers healthy breakfast grants and spot prizes to schools each year to help make some of your events more exciting.

For more information

Contact the City’s TravelSmart Officer on 9477 7163 or travelsmart@belmont.wa.gov.au