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Active School Travel

The Active School Travel program is the City of Gold Coast’s travel behaviour change program that aims to reduce traffic congestion around schools.

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Active School Travel

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Active School Travel (AST) is a free and tailored program which is proven to help Gold Coast school students, parents and teachers leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, scooter, carpool or take public transport to school.

It is specially tailored to each school with a dedicated officer, passports for each child, rewards and incentives, personalised active travel maps and much more.

What is Active School Travel?

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The City’s AST program began in 2012 and aims to reduce traffic congestion around schools by encouraging students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, carpool or catch public transport to and from their local school.

Changing the way you and your school community move reduces traffic at the school gate; promotes a healthier lifestyle, provides savings on fuel and parking costs and contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable Gold Coast.

In 2017, schools participating in the AST Program achieved a 16 per cent (average) reduction in car travel to and from school and displayed an increase in walking, cycling, scootering, carpooling and public transport.

Schools participating in the AST program benefit from greater road safety, improved community networks and a dedicated AST Officer who provides guidance, support, resources and rewards.

Key AST initiatives and incentives are free and may include:

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  • student incentives rewards
  • AST days
  • Zero the Hero educational road safety shows
  • Walk Safely to School Day
  • bicycle education workshops
  • minor infrastructure improvements
  • Assistance establishing an AST Committee
  • Assistance developing an AST plan with school assistance funding
  • bus education workshops
  • healthy breakfasts
  • scooter education workshops
  • cycling ambassador presentations.

Benefits for children who actively travel include:

  • increased road safety skills
  • improved student health through increased physical activity
  • arriving at school alert and ready to learn
  • improved concentration, sleep and relaxation
  • improved self-esteem, confidence, independence
  • opportunities to make friends and enhance social skills
  • more time together with family and friends.

Local community benefits include:

  • reduced traffic congestion
  • safer school drop-off and pick-up zones
  • improved air quality
  • a more social community

Meet Zero the Hero

Zero the Hero on stage

Zero the Hero is our road safety mascot who visits schools and performs an exciting singing and dancing routine to launch the AST program and provide students with key road safety messages.

The sessions are available and provide students with key road safety messages in an exciting performance. Zero performances are available to all participating Active Travel schools.

Active School Travel competition

2019 ARTAST competition

Zero the Hero, our road safety mascot

Zero the Hero, our road safety mascot

We're looking for the 2019 ART-ASTS of the year!

Calling all budding artists! Enter an A3 artwork which celebrates active school travel themes: walking, cycling, catching public transport, carpooling or road safety for your chance to win great prizes and be named ART-AST of the year!

How to enter

Download the entry form and terms and read the conditions.

There are two entry categories:

  • Junior Category – Prep to Year 3 students
  • Senior Category – Year 4 to Year 6 students

The winner of each category will receive a Garmin Vivofit 4 Activity Tracker and will be announced 'ART-AST of the Year'. Thirteen entries will feature in the Active School Travel 2020 Calendar, available in Term 4, 2019. All entrants will receive a merit certificate.

Students must submit an entry form with their artwork that is signed by their parent or carer. The student's name and class must also be written on the back of the artwork.

Please note: This competition opens on Tuesday 23 April 2019. Students must submit their artwork to their school by Friday 14 June 2019.

Join the Active School Travel program

Applications for the 2019 Active School Travel program intake have now closed. In 2019 we welcome the following schools to commence the program:

  • Caningeraba State School
  • Clover Hill State School
  • Mudgeeraba Creek State School
  • St Andrews Lutheran College
  • Upper Coomera State College

The Active School Travel program is a three year program that is offered for free to Gold Coast primary schools. The program aims to reduce traffic congestion around schools by encouraging students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, carpool or catch public transport to and from their local school.

For more information about participating in the Active School Travel program please contact

The program’s objectives are to:

  • Decrease traffic congestion by at least 10 per cent during peak periods around school grounds.
  • Increase participation in walking, cycling, use of public transport and/or carpool for trips to and from school.
  • Increase the amount of physical activity by the school community, improving their health and wellbeing.
  • Increase road safety awareness and create a safer school zone environment.

As part of the Active School Travel program your school will receive:

  • a dedicated Active School Travel Officer who will provide guidance, support and resources
  • assistance in developing a School Travel Plan to create and sustain travel behaviour change
  • assistance in implementing initiatives such as a weekly active travel day with incentives and rewards for students
  • funding to cover the cost of events, teacher release and healthy breakfasts
  • an infrastructure audit that may include delivery of minor improvements such as a secure bike cage or shared pathways.

Watch these videos to hear from our Active Travel Schools about walking, cycling, carpooling or catching public transport to and from school.

Active School Travel participants

There are currently four schools participating in the 2018 Active School Travel program.

According to parent surveys, students have displayed improved road safety awareness since the introduction of the programs at their schools.

For information about participating in this program please contact

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Commenced in 2019

  • Caningeraba State School (Division 12)
  • Clover Hill State School (Division 9)
  • Mudgeeraba Creek State School (Division 9)
  • St Andrews Lutheran College (Division 13)
  • Upper Coomera State College (Division 1)

Completed in 2018

  • Emmanuel College (Division 8)

Commenced in 2016 – completed program in 2018

  • Surfers Paradise State School (Division 7)
  • Coomera Rivers State School (Division 3)
  • Currumbin State School (Division 14)

Commenced in 2015 – completed program in 2017

  • Coombabah State School (Division 3)
  • Elanora State School (Division 13)
  • Helensvale State School (Division 2)
  • Merrimac State School (Division 8)
  • Oxenford State School (Division 2)
  • Pimpama State School (Division 1)

Commenced in 2014 – completed program in 2016

  • Robina State School (Division 11)
  • Highland Reserve State School (Division 1)
  • St Brigid's Catholic Primary (Division 5)
  • St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary (Division 3)
  • Varsity College Primary Campus (Division 11)
  • Miami State School (Division 12)

Commenced in 2013 – completed program in 2015

  • Guardian Angels Primary School (Division 6)
  • Southport State School (Division 6)
  • Labrador State School (Division 4)
  • Park Lake State School (Division 5)
  • Tallebudgera State School (Division 14)

Commenced in 2012 – completed program in 2014

  • Mudgeeraba State School (Division 9)
  • Norfolk Village State School (Division 1)

How parents can get involved in Active School Travel

Cartoon man and kids cycling

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in influencing the development of a child's positive travel behaviour. Lessons learned at an early age and reinforced throughout a child's schooling will have a major effect on their attitudes and behaviours for the rest of their lives.

Families are encouraged to participate in AST events and initiatives and promote active and safe travel behaviour.

Ideas for travel behaviour change include:

  • parking a distance away from the school and walking the rest of the way with your children (e.g. 600 metres or a 10 minute walk /)
  • going for a ride with your children to develop their confidence and exposure to traffic situations (explaining traffic signs and signals)
  • travelling on public transport with your children to demonstrate correct behaviours
  • nominating a day each week to walk, ride or scooter to school together
  • planning your journey to school as a family and challenging yourself to travel a different way each time
  • carpooling with another family

Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to join their school's AST Committee (ASTC). The ASTC is established to help lead and promote the program within the school community.

Schools are always looking for volunteers who can help organise events and activities, promote active travel in the school, lead walking groups to schools and enter data to record the weekly active travel surveys. Contact your school to see how you can help.

External resources

RACQ Streets Ahead

A road safety education program for Queensland primary schools which comprises four age-appropriate presentations covering road safety themes, including passenger, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

RACQ Streets Ahead

School Bus Code of conduct

A resource for bus operators and schools to promote safe travel behaviour in, on and around buses.

Translink School Bus Code of conduct

School zone road rules

Keeping students safe and traffic flowing around school zones is everyone’s responsibility and a City of Gold Coast priority.

There are simple but important rules and guidelines in place to help parents, guardians and drivers do the right thing to help keep students safe.

Download the School zone road rules brochure for more information.

You can help keep your children's school zone safe by reporting badly parked vehicles using the online Report a problem - Vehicles form.

For more information contact

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