Case study: Healthy Active School Travel

2 young, happy boys cycle to school, with helmets and backpacks on.

Students across Queensland are riding to school more often as a result of a successful initiative to promote healthy living and active travel in schools. Active travel to school has benefits for Queenslanders’ health and wellbeing, as well as reducing congestion on our roads at peak times.
 
Between 2012 and 2015, the Queensland Government worked with local governments to deliver the Healthy Active School Travel initiative in Cairns, Townsville, Gold Coast and Ipswich.
 
Local governments helped to lead the initiative, working with schools in their areas to develop School Travel Plans to encourage children to walk, ride or use public transport more often. The program was delivered to 25,000 primary school students in 38 schools.
 
More than half of children at participating schools took part in activities, such as Walk Safely to School Day, National Ride to School Day, school walking and bike buses, bicycle education and courses on bike maintenance.1
 
This very successful program resulted in an 11.2 per cent increase in children who rode or walked to school.2
 
The program initially received funding support through the Australian Government as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventative Health and was supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in partnership with Queensland Health and local governments.

  1. Deloitte. 2015. Evaluation of Healthy Active School Travel (HAST) Initiative Summative
    Report. Brisbane. Report prepared for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
  2. Deloitte. 2015. Evaluation of Healthy Active School Travel (HAST) Initiative Summative
    Report. Brisbane. Report prepared for the Department of Transport and Main Roads