Active Travel to School
Heart Foundation NSW
Various urban and suburban environments, NSW
It is not always safe and easy for kids to walk, cycle, and scoot to school in existing Australian urban environments. The Heart Foundation NSW commissioned Architectus to explore urban design solutions that address key barriers to safe active travel to school.
Our studies revealed that targeted pedestrian improvements can create safe and direct routes to school for a relatively low cost. A toolkit of urban design improvements has been developed to meet the individual needs of each school catchment.
To test this idea, the toolkit was applied to three schools, each representing a different urban context – inner urban, urban, and suburban. These case studies affirm that this strategy could feasibly be rolled out across Australian cities and towns.
These design improvements can make active travel safer, easier, and more appealing for children and their families.
Encouraging active travel to school can provide great health and development benefits for children, increase the vibrancy of urban environments, and reduce traffic congestion.