Evaluation of Walk to School shows that councils play a key role in delivering local Walk to School activities, helping to deliver significant, positive results within their communities. The following case studies highlight the work of several councils as part of Walk to School.
The following case studies highlight the work of several councils as part of Walk to School.
While funded councils deliver a range of activities to promote Walk to School, engage schools and students during Walk to School, and deliver long-term active travel initiatives, these case studies focus on specific activities that address each funding requirement.
2014 Council case studies
2015 Council vox pops
Deliver local initiatives to support ongoing active travel by primary school aged children
Steps up for Walk to School 2014
City of Greater Geelong Council
Healthy Together Geelong (HTG) and the City of Greater Geelong Engineering Services (Traffic Unit) are supporting local schools to identify safe active travel routes to and from school.
Active travel routes with designated pick up/drop off points between 500m and 1km from schools provide opportunities for families who live greater distances from school to drive part-way and walk the rest of the way to school.
Tracks to School
City of Yarra Council
The City of Yarra developed and installed an animal tracks program leading to local primary schools in order to encourage ongoing active travel among school-aged children.
The City of Yarra invited all schools to sign up for the Walk to School 2014 program and the first four schools to register were given the opportunity to participate in the Tracks to School initiative.
Walk to School Safe Routes, Maps and Signs
Mansfield Shire Council
In 2014, Mansfield Shire Council’s Sport and Recreation team redeveloped the local Walk to School map and developed a colour coded signage system to support primary school aged children walking to school.
The walk to school map illustrates seven safe walking routes from all corners of town which helps guide students to school safely. These routes make use of manned school crossings and avoid major roads and intersections.
Promote Walk to School to the local community and encourage primary schools to register to participate
Walk to School month 2014 comes to Greater Dandenong
Greater Dandenong City Council
The Community Sport and Recreation Team at Greater Dandenong City Council worked with Athol Road Primary School and Keysborough Primary School to develop a promotional video for Walk to School 2014.
The video aimed to raise awareness of the Walk to School campaign in the local area, and encourage students, teachers, parents and carers to walk to school throughout October.
Run local Walk to School engagement activities with participating schools throughout October
Let's Walk Ballarat
City of Ballarat
The Community Engagement Team at the City of Ballarat prepared a set of 30 reward cards and a full coloured booklet as an incentive for students to walk to school more regularly throughout Term 4.
Each card featured local professional sporting identities and local students playing sport, and the booklet featured an endorsement from local Olympic marathon runner, Steve Moneghetti, encouraging students to walk to school.