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Walk to School

Council is committed to creating accessible and safe neighbourhoods and street conditions for all.  Our focus is  on those who are particularly vulnerable; people who are walking and riding; children; and the elderly.  

A key priority is to improve local walkability and foster active and healthy communities because walking is good for our health, good for the environment, good for the community, good for the economy and good for our kids. 

The two strategies to improve neighbourhood walkability and encourage more walking and cycling are:

  • construction of footpaths and bicycle links
  • provision of active travel education, events and programs.

An important outcome is to teach safe road skills and encourage healthy habit formation amongst children and families.  We are working towards this by investing in school-based programs that provide families and children with opportunities and the confidence to walk, cycle or scoot to school.  

The October Walk to School program is the most popular and successful active travel education program Council offers.  An initiative of VicHealth, Walk to School provides primary schools with the resources to organise free, easy and fun activities to get students walking to school. 

Physical Activity Strategy 2015 -2020

Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan 2013 -2017 

Facts and figures

  • Walk to School is annually supported by approximately 18 local schools in the City of Maroondah. 
  • Walk to School activities provides approximate to 5000 students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate safe pedestrian skills, growing independence and have fun Walking to School.
  • Bag Tag It! competition attracts 120 entries from 8 schools.  All the entries were placed on display at Aquanation over October and November.
  • 80% of participating schools reported parents as being enthusiastic about Crazy Sock Day and encouraged their children to take part in it.
  • VicRoads traffic counts show that weekly traffic volumes can be up to 25% below the average during school holidays.

Further information

Contact our Transport and Sustainability Planner on 9298 4452.

03/08/2017
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