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Brisbane City Council School Travel Program, Queensland

Town/Region | Brisbane
State | QLD
Context | Brisbane Schools
Target Group | Students, parents and teachers travelling to and from school
Timing | Council has delivered the program since 2004 and it is still ongoing
Weblink | Click here to view the website.


School related traffic is a major contributor to rush hour congestion, impacting upon the efficient operation of the road network, causing slow journey times, poor air quality and road safety issues.  Taking children to school by car also has a major impact on their health, levels of inactivity and independence skills.  Active School Travel (AST) is a Brisbane City Council program that aims to change travel behaviour and reduce traffic congestion by increasing the number of families who walk (either some or all of the way); cycle; car pool or use public transport on the journey to and from school.  The program develops and implements a School Travel Plan which is a framework of measures and initiatives that provide families with the information, motivation and opportunity to adopt these active travel modes.  

Key Features

  • Walking Wheeling Wednesday which is a weekly campaign to encourage students to actively travel to school every Wednesday.  The success of this initiative has been exceptional with extremely high levels of students ‘actively’ travelling.  In addition, a ‘spill over’ effect is achieved with most students’ choosing to actively travel for the whole week.
  • Park & Stride is an initiative which encourages students who have no alternative but to be driven to school to walk part of the way.  A site is selected which is 5 or 10 minutes walking distance from the school and parents are encouraged to drop their children off there.  This alleviates the congestion experienced around the school gates, making it safer for everyone else on foot and allows the child to walk to school with parents and friends.  Walking some of the way gives the child an opportunity to have some physical activity in addition to learning vital pedestrian skills.
  • Walking School Bus which is a group of children walking to and/or from school with trained and approved Walk Leaders from the school community. The ‘bus’ walks along a set route to and/or from school, picking up or dropping off children along the way at designated stops, similar to a normal bus route. 


Benefits of the program include:

  • Reduction in school traffic, from around both the school gates and from clogging up the wider road network;
  • Improved road safety;
  • Decrease in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Increase in physical activity levels;
  • Improved health;
  • Independence skills; and
  • Better awareness.  

Click here for more detailed information on the School Travel Program.

Last updated on 22nd July, 2009

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.