While the 2020 school year experienced a challenging start, AST schools have done an exceptional job during home learning and even managed to maintain active travel over the past few months. Well done to all our schools!
AST officers missed visiting schools during this time but have since enjoyed returning to catch-up and find out what’s been happening in your communities. It has been great to see and hear about some of the ways schools were creative with keeping the active travel momentum going during home learning.
Teachers from Acacia Ridge State School got out and about by walking the school's active travel routes as part of their #activestayathome initiative. Posters, artwork and music welcomed teachers around the neighbourhood, and students were encouraged to be active in their front yards and say hello to their teachers as they came past. The school reported students were excited and engaged and the initiative created a strong sense of community.
During recent months there has also been a significant increase in the number of students and families riding their bikes. Oxley local Tom and his children regularly ride their bikes to school. Tom has shared his experiences with active travel and top tips to help other families get started.
Meet Tom and his active family
How do you actively travel?
I started active travel with the kids when they were capable of riding in a bicycle trailer. By the time they were four, they were capable of riding themselves to day care (2.4km from home).
What is your favourite thing about active travel?
That's easy, avoiding the school traffic. Between Oxley State School and Corinda State High School’s drop off traffic, Oxley Road is generally a carpark between 8am and 8.45am every school day.
How did you stay active during home learning?
To keep active during isolation, we rode our bikes to the shops for groceries and also did family rides most days.
What are your tips for other families who want to start actively travelling?
Get ready with plenty of time to spare and be prepared to have to carry the kids' school bags yourself until they get used to riding with a backpack. There are likely some shortcuts to school, don't assume your driving route is the only way to get to your destination. Every suburb has a sneaky path between streets or across a park that will get you there sooner and with less car traffic.