Active School Travel

About Active School Travel

Our Active School Travel (AST) program is a free program for Gold Coast primary schools. Schools that join the program receive a suite of resources including free toolkits, incentives and support to enable students, parents, carers and teachers to:

Active School Travel characters on a bus
  • re-mode by swapping the car for walking, wheeling and public transport
  • reduce car trips by carpooling or combining trips
  • re-route to take a slightly different route to avoid congested roads
  • re-time school-related trips, consider dropping children earlier or picking them up later.

Active travel is the best way to get to and from school on the Gold Coast. When school communities actively travel, children feel empowered, there is less traffic on our roads and less pollution in our environment.

What's new

ART-AST - Active school travel program art competition

Our ART-AST Competition has now closed. With over 1000 amazing entries, the AST team are working hard to judge the winners.

The 2021 ART-AST of the year will be announced soon!

The winner of the Junior and Senior categories will receive a Garmin Vivofit 4 Activity Tracker and will be announced 'ART-AST of the Year'. The winner's school will also receive $500 Visa Debit card to purchase equipment for your school that supports active travel initiatives.

13 entries will feature in the Active School Travel 2022 Calendar, available in Term 4, 2021.

All entrants will receive a merit certificate and have their artwork published in our online gallery for everyone to see!

Benefits of active travel

Since our program’s inception, thousands of families have been walking and wheeling their way to school, having fun, making friends, and helping the environment.

Our active travel communities enjoy:

  • healthier children
  • safer school zones
  • increased concentration in students
  • making friends (students and parents)
  • learning life-long skills
  • a connected community
  • resources and skills to empower the community
  • reduced traffic around school
  • helping the environment.

See our Active School Travel program snapshot(PDF, 646KB)

Hear from our junior active travellers about what they enjoy doing when getting to and from school.

Get involved

Principals, teachers & school staff

The Active School Travel program is an educational program that empowers children and school communities to get moving safely. The program fast tracks skills so that students can safely walk, wheel and BUS IT to school while also learning about the environment, health and wellbeing.

Structured educational programs that expose children to practical traffic situations include:

Riding Rulz bike skills

The Riding Rulz bike skills program for Year 5 and 6 students aims to encourage students to ride to school and to have the skills, confidence and experience to ride safely. The training provides children with invaluable riding skills and lays the foundation for independent travel choices.

Police Citizen Youth Club bike skills

Bike skills training for Year 4 students is held at Ashmore PCYC. Year 4 students benefit from an excursion to learn basic bike skills and important road safety information.

BUS IT Bus skills workshops

The workshops aim to build students' road and bus safety skills, confidence, and proper bus etiquette and include a Surfside bus ride.

Research suggests that children who start their day by walking or riding to school find it easier to concentrate for up to four hours after their journey.

If your school is interested in learning more about the Active School Travel program, please contact the team at activeschooltravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Parents & carers

Actively travelling with your children helps create lifelong memories and time for important conversations. Parents and carers play a critical role in influencing children's positive road behaviour when engaging in active school travel. Even making a change once a week can make a significant difference to school-related congestion.

If your child is enrolled in an Active School Travel school, you may also consider joining the school's Active School Travel Committee (ASTC) to help lead and promote the program within the school community. Contact your school to see how you can help.

Nationally, there are a number of events you may wish to participate in too, Day for DanielNational Ride2School Day and National Walk Safely to School Day.

Resources

Registered AST Schools

Registered Active School Travel schools follow a structured program facilitated by the City of Gold Coast. If your school is interested in learning more about the Active School Travel program, please contact the team at activeschooltravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Access to registered AST school content is via the AST Online resources Hub, contact your AST Engagement Officer for assistance.

AST Fundamentals Program

For schools who are not yet registered with the Active School travel Program but would like to start learning more about active school travel, please find some educational resources below:

AST fact sheets

Road safety fact sheets 

Our new road safety fact sheet brochures offer advice for families to support their children in learning and practicing road safety, and basic principles children can follow when actively travelling around roads.

AST case studies

Active travel stories

Hear from our junior active travellers about what they enjoy doing when getting to and from school.

The Active School Travel (AST) program has seen some hugely successful journeys of its participating schools. Our new AST case studies resource shares some great examples of these, directly from the schools themselves. These dive into some of the best outcomes and positive changes in behaviour concerning active travel within school communities, as well as some creative examples of how schools have tailored their approach to active travel.

Watch another video from more junior active travellers.

Road safety for Active School Travel

Road safety around schools is everyone’s responsibility. Understanding and following road safety rules in and around school zones helps to keep our school communities safe.

Active School Travel characters with parent

Traffic and parking rules in school zones help to optimise traffic movement and make school zones safer places for children.

The City of Gold Coast is responsible for enforcing parking rules, and offers community education programs to support safe active travel, including road safety skill programs for primary school age students.

Road safety awareness builds important life skills essential to everyone. To protect them for life, children should begin road safety education from an early age and continue to be reinforced through to young adulthood and beyond.

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN & THINK

A helpful strategy that supports children to cross the road safely.

  • STOP one step back from the footpath or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic
  • LISTEN in all directions for approaching traffic
  • THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear, or all traffic has stopped. When crossing, walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing.

Our active travel schools

We have so many schools that we have worked with to make Active School Travel a success, we want to give a shout out to these schools!

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  • Commenced in 2020
    • Arundel State School
    • Coomera State School
    • Foxwell State Secondary College
    • Jubilee Primary School
    • Mudgeeraba State School
    • Southport State High School
  • Commenced in 2019
    • Caningeraba State School
    • Clover Hill State School
    • Mudgeeraba Creek State School
    • St Andrews Lutheran College
    • Upper Coomera State College
  • Completed in 2018
    • Emmanuel College
      Commenced in 2016, completed program in 2018:
    • Surfers Paradise State School
    • Coomera Rivers State School
    • Currumbin State School
  • Completed in 2017
    Commenced program in 2015
    • Coombabah State School
    • Elanora State School
    • Helensvale State School
    • Merrimac State School
    • Oxenford State School
    • Pimpama State School
  • Completed in 2016
    Commenced program in 2014
    • Robina State School
    • Highland Reserve State School
    • St Brigid's Catholic Primary
    • St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary
    • Varsity College Primary Campus
    • Miami State School
  • Completed in 2015
    Commenced program in 2013
    • Guardian Angels Primary School
    • Southport State School
    • Labrador State School
    • Park Lake State School
    • Tallebudgera State School
  • Completed in 2014
    Commenced program in 2012
    • Mudgeeraba State School
    • Norfolk Village State School

Contact us

If you are interested in learning more about the Active School Travel program, please contact the team:

Phone: 07 5881 6767
Email: activeschooltravel@goldcoast.qld.gov.au