Active travel to and from school

When children scoot, ride or walk to school they benefit from being active and it helps the community by reducing traffic congestion.

Kids from Ridgway School taking part in their No-car Day.

No-car Day at Ridgway School

Every day over 30,000 students travel to and from schools throughout Wellington City. Supporting active travel is one of ways the Council helps to make this journey safe, reduce traffic congestion and encourage sustainable transport choices.

Sustainable travel

Parents, caregivers, the school, and the community, can all work together to identify and reduce the barriers to active, safe and sustainable travel to and from school.

The active school travel planning process provides support to make this happen.

You can begin by asking students and their parents how the students travel to school, how they would like to travel to school, and about safety issues they encountered on their journeys. The results can help the school community decide what actions they can take to improve on this.

Over 30 schools in Wellington have now engaged in active school travel planning. Their feedback on the benefits include:

  • increased physical activity and student's independence
  • the opportunity to engage with the wider community
  • congestion outside the school gate was addressed
  • a wider range of travel choice options were made available.

Initiatives that work

These are some of the initiatives that schools have been involved in to improve safety and encourage active transport modes.

  • Themed in-school projects such as: Walk ‘n Wheel Week, Movin’ March or No-car November
  • Improved parent parking practices through Kiss & Drop-off zones and student valet services
  • Park and stride schemes – encouraging parents to drop students off further from the school to reduce the congestion around the school gate
  • Road safety projects as part of an enquiry-based learning
  • Bicycle skills training provided by Pedal Ready
  • Walking school buses.

The Council works with schools to identify any issues and improve safety on the roads around their school. This includes encouraging parents to drive and park safely near the school.

Other initiatives include installing active school warning signs, and improved safety infrastructure such as access and crossing points.

Start active school travel planning at your school

To discuss how to start active school travel planning at your school, call 04 499 4444 and ask for the Transport Choice Coordinator, or email transport@wcc.govt.nz.  You can also talk to other schools about what they have done, and what has worked well.