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.
Why TravelSmart 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
What is the TravelSmart to School program?
The TravelSmart to School (TSTS) program provides real solutions that
have been planned and successfully implemented in other WA schools, by WA
school communities. While each school is unique, all school communities have
similar concerns relating to congestion, access and road safety. The TSTS program
helps to reduce these issues, while establishing lifelong habits that
support health and the environment.
More than 14,000 students from over 190 schools in
metropolitan Perth and regional centres have already participated in the
TravelSmart to School program in one way or another. If you’d like your school to join the TSTS
program, contact the City’s TravelSmart
Officer on 9477 7163 and have a chat. Alternatively, look over the TSTS information sheet, visit the Department of Transport website and chat with your Principal, P&C or other interested people at school.
For more information on the TSTS program and to read about some of the great events schools all over WA undertake, go to www.tsts.com.au.
What’s available for my school?
As a part of the TravelSmart To School program, school’s can earn points simply by sharing their achievements with
other schools in the TSTS online community. These points can be used to
purchase fantastic prizes for use in raffles of giveaways. There’s a bunch of
cool stuff available, like Australian Geographic vouchers, hats, bags,
umbrellas, helmets, stickers, and even bicycle education lessons for the
school. There’s also a tonne of great banners, signs, stencil kits and in class
resources available to loan for free.
The City of Belmont has a $50 healthy breakfast grant
and spot prizes for each school to if they wish to host a TravelSmart event throughout the year.
City’s TravelSmart Officer on 9477 7163 or firstname.lastname@example.org if
your school is interested or would like more information. You can also visit
the Department of Transport website for
more information about Walking School Buses and other TravelSmart to School