Virginia State School helps cut car trips
VIRGINIA State School is one of almost 30 schools in the northern suburbs of Brisbane who are helping to cut traffic on the roads and improve children’s health, through the Active School Travel program.
Brisbane City Council said the Active School Travel program had reduced the number of car trips and boosted walking trips. In addition, it was helping Brisbane school students learn about the benefits of walking, cycling, carpooling and scootering to school.
“The Active School Travel program is about reducing the amount of traffic around schools, encouraging a cleaner environment and creating a more social school community, by having students and teachers actively travel to school,” council said.
“Schools who participated in last year’s program achieved an overall average of a 17 per cent reduction in car trips and an 11 per cent increase in walking trips.
“We received similarly good results in 2012, with an 18 per cent reduction in car trips and a 14 per cent increase in walking trips.
“These results demonstrate our school communities understand the value in promoting sustainable travel modes, which contributes to my vision of Brisbane being Australia’s cleanest and greenest city.”
According to council, the other northside schools in the AST program were:
- St Columba’s School, Wilston
- Milton State School
- Bardon State School
- Aspley State School
- Mitchelton State School
- St Margaret’s School, Hamilton
- Queen of Apostles School, Stafford Heights
- Geebung State School
- Somerset Hills State School
- Our Lady of the Assumption School, Enoggera
- Everton Park State School
- Enoggera State School
- Newmarket State School
- St Kevin’s School, Geebung
- Nundah State School
- Nashville State School
- Boondall State School
- Sandgate State School
- Our Lady Help of Christians School, Hendra
- St Pius School, Banyo
- St Joseph’s School, Bardon
- Norris Road State School
- Taigum State School
- Kelvin Grove State College (Junior)
- Oakleigh State School