School Travel Plans

2 August 2010

One Wellington school's plan to get students swapping a daily car trip for a more active transport habit has resulted in double the number walking to school in just a few weeks.

St Anne's School students who walk to school get hot chocolate once a week

St Anne's School students who walk to school get hot chocolate once a week

"School travel plans look at what needs to be done to get fewer school students travelling to school by car," says the Council's sustainable transport coordinator Emma Hope. "They are developed by the school with our support."

"For one school, St Anne's in Newtown, it started with something as simple as offering a hot drink once a week to students who walked to school - and the numbers doing so doubled within a few weeks."

Emma says students who are active on their way to school generally have better learning outcomes and are healthier than those who are driven to school every day. School travel plans can also reduce vehicle congestion outside schools, making it safer for students. Nine schools in the region currently have a school travel plan.

More Information
Emma Hope
Sustainable Transport Coordinator
Phone: (04) 499 4444
Email: info@wcc.govt.nz