Active School Travel (AST) encourages families to participate in active travel to and from school. Active travel includes walking, riding, scootering, skateboarding, catching public transport or even carpooling with other families.

Benefits of Active Travel

Active school travel once a week can make all the difference. Benefits include:

  • Helping students be healthier, happier and more alert at school
  • Increasing road safety awareness
  • Building stronger school communities
  • Making streets around schools safer
  • Reducing traffic congestion.

Getting Started

Remember, active travel just once a week can make all the difference!

Some tips to help you start active school travel include:

  • Practice the journey to see how long it will take if you walk or ride
  • Try to participate in active travel once a week and choose a day that is easiest for the family
  • If you can’t walk or ride the whole way, find a place to safely park closer to the school where you can walk part-way
  • Find another family to car pool


Here are some tips to stay safe while participating in active school travel:

  • Always walk with a buddy
  • Cross roads at traffic lights (where ever possible)
  • Follow road safety rules
  • Wear a helmet if riding a scooter or bike
  • Be aware of stranger danger

Additional Information

For schools wanting more information about active school travel, click here.

School Map Disclaimer

When using the Active School Travel maps, the Ipswich City Council advises that the outlined routes are intended to provide information for the purpose of the Active School Travel program and the maps and symbols are indicative only. Participants undertake the travel routes at the participants sole risk. The Ipswich City Council has in preparing this document, used its best endeavours to ensure the information is true and accurate but advises that bus stops, the ability to park and the availability of vehicle parking, the route and environment may change at any time and remind the participants to make their own enquiries in respect of the information contained within the document. The Ipswich City Council accepts no responsibility and disclaims all liability in respect of any error, inaccuracy or misstatements contained herein. The inclusion or omission thereof regarding any service, facility or business in this guide is not to be considered as the Ipswich City Council endorsing or promoting those. Children’s safety is the responsibility of a parent/carer whilst using the suggested travel routes.