Explore this website for tips and resources to help you plan your family's active travel to and from school.
Way2Go is a statewide South Australian program promoting active, safe and green travel for primary school children and their families. It is built on a partnership between local councils, school communities and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DIT).
Way2Go supports families to:
For more information on what Way2Go offers schools and Local Councils click here.
Hear Jess Trengove, an Olympic and Commonwealth Games marathon runner, and Ali Clarke, radio host and mum of three school aged kids, talk about safe and active travel habits for children.
…it’s beneficial not only for the body but also the brain. It works off a bit of that energy in the morning, so by the time she’s walked or scooted she’s ready to sit down and chill out and learn.
Having the independence to walk to school yourself, like you have to get there on time, leave the house early, have his lunch done, be all packed up. Teaching that is a life skill.
I get to hear about their day, and it’s a good opportunity to hear about what they did and if they’ve got any issues with anything. We always talk on the way home, and other parents say ‘How come you find out so much stuff from your kids?’ And I say ‘Because we walk.’ If I’m driving, they’re talking, but I’m concentrating on the traffic and going ‘yeah, yeah, whatever.’
I like it because it means I actually DO something first thing in the morning, get her to school, have that walk home, get some steps up, then go to work. I like it.
It’s a social thing – getting to know all the mothers. Meeting up with other parents – therapy – counselling sessions!
Congestion/parking - that's why we walk part way [from a nearby large shopping centre car park].
The mental health of my kids when walking has been by far the greatest notable difference. When they are driven (extremely rare) they are grumpy and irritable after school yet when walking they are much nicer, happier and generally easy going.
We live in small rural town and only 2 blocks away from the school. I love that my kids can independently ride/walk to school.