In 2018, the Active School Travel program worked with 46 schools and approximately 24,300 students to encourage active travel in local school communities. Each year, the program measures the effect of the program by collecting statistics from schools through surveys.
The latest results show yet another successful year of the program, with first year schools increasing their average active travel rates from 30% to 51%. This was an amazing effort by first year schools and more than double the Queensland average for student active travel, which is only 25%.
By the end of 2018, more than 3400 children from first year AST schools were actively travelling. Throughout the year, the rate of riding to school doubled to 6% and walking remained the most popular form of active travel, with 35% of families choosing to walk. This impressive rate increased from 19% at the beginning of the year.
The following second and third year schools saw more than 60% of their students actively travelling on their weekly active travel day:
- Morningside State School 74%
- Salisbury State School 69%
- Kelvin Grove State College 68%
- Our Lady of Dolours, Mitchelton 67%
- St Sebastian’s, Yeronga 65%
- Windsor State School 65%
- Greenslopes State School 65%
- Belmont State School 64%
- St Joseph’s, Nundah 64%
- Mansfield State School 64%
- Norman Park State School 61%
The parent surveys were conducted in November 2018, and they showed 83% of parents believed their children’s road safety awareness has improved because of the AST program.
Congratulations to all AST schools who participated in the program in 2018 for their commitment and outstanding effort.