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AST Program for Schools

The AST Program enables development of a healthier and more physically active culture within the school community and promotes the concept of a healthy lifestyle to all students involved.

Benefits of Active School Travel

  • Healthier school communities
  • Safer, less congested roads around schools at drop-off/pick-up times
  • Stronger social networks in school communities
  • Greater student concentration in the classroom
  • Reduced Co2 emissions from the school community

AST Program Funding and Incentives

  • A council support officer to help the school develop and implement active travel, e.g. conduct parent surveys, plan launch days, plan park and walk routes (‘cycle buses’ and ‘walking school buses’). Your support officer is available for a meeting every month if required.
  • Funds for active travel event days each term to launch/ promote active travel ($200 each term, approved by ICC).
  • Active Travel resources such as newsletter snippets, Facebook posts and parent/ student active travel information.
  • Program resources such as hi-vis vests for walking/ cycling leaders, fence banners.
  • Incentive prizes for students and parents participating in active travel at the school, particularly on event days, e.g. sunglasses, crayons, yoyos.
  • Bicycle hire such as the opportunity to use 20 Ipswich Hospital Foundation bikes and helmets for one month during school term time to teach and learn practical bike and road safety.
  • Advice for infrastructure improvements.
  • Optional participation in road safety initiatives.

AST Program Expression of Interest

If you would like your school to participate in the Active School Travel Program please submit the below form and we will be in contact: