The ‘Safe Routes to School ‘program (SR2S) links the needs of each school community to local actions in and around schools to make the choice to ride and walk to school simpler, safer and more fun. The program relies on working with each school community to determine the needs of their school, provide skills and road safety training, technology to ensure parents know that their children have arrived and when they leave. Currently, a pilot programme is taking place called RideScore on the Sunshine Coast Trial. This will utilise smart tech to build on work done by the Council to engage children and respond to key concerns experienced by parents around independent travel to school. The trial will establish a scalable national model for a SR2S program that can be rolled out through Councils.

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

Key objectives:

-Increase children walking, scooting and riding to school on the Sunshine Coast.
-Increase the safety for all children whatever way they travel to school
-Alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety around schools
-Improve health outcomes for children and their families
-Increase physical activity levels for school students
-Reduce carbon emissions
Trial of an integrated national approach for a national Safe Routes to School scheme enabling 3.7 million Australian children greater opportunity to be active and health.

Key Elements

-The RideScore Sunshine Coast program builds on the success and learnings from the RideScore pilot and is the first crucial step in creating the Safe Routes to School program nationally.
-The program is designed to support healthy/active and safe lifestyle choices for students and their families whilst at the same time reducing traffic congestion around schools in peak periods.
-The program is a game changer as it incorporates personal sensors, real time arrival and departure notifications for parents, GIS mapping and a web-based engagement and data analytics platform to identify safe travel options and incentivise more active travel through gamification and wayfinding support.
-The platform provides critical data to local government and other approved government and non-government users to guide community infrastructure improvements, measure reductions in carbon emissions and to increase school-related road safety.