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Physical Activity Foundation

Refresh your routine

If you’ve not tried active travel with your children before it might seem like a very big change from your normal routine.  The good news is that it’s never too late to try something different and in no time at all you might find that active travel is your ‘new norm’ for getting to and from school!

In a busy household it can be hard to make changes that suit everyone so start small – you don’t need to walk or ride every day. You might like to try committing to riding or walking just once a week initially to see how it works for you and your family.

A Part Way point where you can park the car and find a safe route to walk the rest of the way to school– is another a  great way to avoid the traffic congestion around the school carpark  Safe route maps for schools participating in Ride or Walk to School are at Transport Canberra.

Tips to prepare for active travel

  • Plan the best route with your child – look for your schools safe route map at Transport Canberra.  Alternatively use Google maps and with your child customise a map from your home to school, utilising pedestrian crossings and underpasses where possible.
  • Once you have some route options take the time to walk or ride the routes together and decide on the best one.  Make sure your child knows the route well if they plan to travel independently.
  • An online Safe Cycle for Families course is available to help you to prepare your child for independent travel.  It has tips on safety, road rules, working out a plan for what to do in an emergency and making sure your child’s bike is in good working order and that they have a properly fitted helmet.
  • Talk to other parents in your school community to see if your children can travel together or if you have younger children you can work out a schedule for your children to travel with an adult.

Download a copy of the Refresh Your Routine flyer